Anything goes when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox get together.
The two bitter AL East foes added another chapter to their epic rivalry on Sunday night at Fenway Park when Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster hit Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the elbow with a fastball in the top of the second:
Ryan Dempster drills A-Rod and the benches clear. Joe Girardi ejected. pic.twitter.com/Z5b73nM5Pr— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 19, 2013
This was the scene after A-Rod was hit by a Ryan Dempster pitch in the 2nd: pic.twitter.com/W4cRo0fYlr— MLB (@MLB) August 19, 2013
Yankees manager Joe Girardi also wasted little time emerging from the dugout to argue with the umpire and demand that Dempster be ejected from the game. But unfortunately for New York, Girardi's plan backfired, as he was instead sent off for his reaction. ESPN's Buster Olney on Twitter:
Joe Girardi has been ejected, and he appears to be yelling at Dempster.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 19, 2013
When Dempster was moving to back up the plate, A-Rod stared at him after crossing the plate.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 19, 2013
It appears as if A-Rod got the last laugh on this night, as Rodriguez hit a towering home run off Dempster in the sixth inning, and ended up going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a 9-6 Yankees win. After the game Rodriguez talked about the plunking (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com):
"Whether you like me or hate me, that was wrong. It was unprofessional and silly." - Alex Rodriguez— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 19, 2013
Girardi was clear on how he felt about the second inning at-bat (via Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York and David Lennon of Newsday):
Girardi: "there is no explanation. It's just wrong"— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) August 19, 2013
Girardi: I want to see Dempster get suspended— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) August 19, 2013
On Dempster, Girardi said "I wish he had to hit - that's what I wish." #yankees— David Lennon (@DPLennon) August 19, 2013
Although the Red Sox and their fans need little reason to dislike Rodriguez considering he's worn pinstripes for the past 10 seasons, the endless controversy surrounding his suspected performance-enhancing drug use certainly has done him no favors and definitely hasn't helped his image with the rest of Major League Baseball's fans.
Sunday's incident comes just two days after Red Sox pitcher John Lackey made some headline-worthy comments with his thoughts on Rodriguez, making it clear that he doesn't believe the aging Yankees slugger should be allowed to play during appeal of his 211-game suspension.
Lackey's comments sparked Sports Illustrated writer Joe Sheehan to ask the following question:
If Dempster is suspended and appeals, will John Lackey go off on him, too?— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) August 19, 2013
It's highly unlikely Lackey would have an issue in that case, but it won't be long until we know about any consequences Dempster will face.
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