Ticket outside ballpark costs Williams $56

Ticket at ballpark costs White Sox GM

SEATTLE -- Even though he landed Toronto outfielder Alex Rios in a waiver claim on Monday, White Sox general manager Ken Williams still didn't have a perfect day.

That's because as he was crossing the street in front of Safeco Field before Chicago's game against the Mariners, he was given a $56 citation for jaywalking.

Williams said he got out of a cab on the other side of the street and crossed illegally. A traffic control officer saw him, Williams said, and gave him a ticket. Jaywalking is rarely ticketed anywhere, especially not in most big cities, which Williams tried to explain to the officer.

It didn't work, apparently.

Christian Caple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.