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A major league manager — and major league troll — paid a $200 fine with a big box full of pennies

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Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is a wealthy man, one who could conceivably pay a $200 fine in more than mere pocket change. But after being ejected from a spring training game in 2011 — and then incurring a fine for not leaving the bench — Washington reportedly paid his debt with a big box loaded with 20,000 pennies.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Washington responded by filling a box with $200 in pennies and mailing it to Bob Watson, MLB vice president in charge of discipline. Cost to mail it to New York: About $45.

Watson called after receiving the box.

Watson: "And you just had $200 in pennies hanging around? Washington: "Yes. Bob, I didn't have my checkbook. I wasn't trying to be funny. Now go to the bank and put that in the [change] machine and get your $200." [Star-Telegram]

As Randy Moss once sagely observed, rich people don't write checks: they pay with straight cash, homey.