Midget League baseball coach tossed for intoxication

Midget League baseball coach tossed for intoxication

6/19/09<br />Watertown midget baseball coach allegedly showed up drunk, relieved himself near the playing field...
A midget league baseball coach in Watertown has been banned from the league after reportedly showing up to a game drunk and then urinating near the field.

It happened at a game Wednesday evening at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

In attendance was Watertown Police Chief Joe Goss, whose son was among the 8-10 year olds participating in the game.

Chief Goss said he was alerted by other parents at the game that the coach of one team, 42 year old Frederick Goodwin, appeared to be intoxicated.

Goss said he placed a call to Jayme St. Croix, the city's recreation director, and was waiting for him to arrive so they could deal with the situation together.

That's when Goodwin allegedly walked down the first base line to right of the outfield area and relieved himself, with his back turned toward the crowd. Parents were aghast.

Chief Goss called a patrol, then went to Goodwin and directed him off the field.

"He cooperated and was apologetic. It was an unfortunate mistake," Chief Goss said.

Goodwin was charged with disorderly conduct. St. Croix has banned him from coaching in the league.

"I would hope that none of the players knew what was happening and I don't think they did," Chief Goss said.

One of the teams involved in the game was sponsored by the Watertown Police Benevolent Association.

Goodwin, who lives in Chaumont, was arrested by State Police in May for DWI, The Watertown Daily Times reported.

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