In the past the New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox rivalry has been the source for much entertainment, speculation and controversy, but what happened this past Sunday in their most recent clash gave something for fans to be intrigued with during the latest Alex Rodriguez scandal.
In the top of the second inning in Sunday’s matchup between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Boston’s pitcher Ryan Dempster threw a fastball at the elbow of Rodriguez. It seemed very apparent that it was intentional on the part of Dempster, although we might not ever know.
The game was the third and final game of the three game series the bitter rivals had in Fenway Park and was on for a national audience on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, providing coverage for baseball fans everywhere to see it.
There have been plenty of dugout and bullpen clearing moments for these two teams, but this one had its own flair to it. Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasted no time in rushing out to colorfully argue with the home plate umpire who elected not to eject Dempster but to give warnings to both dugouts. Girardi’s actions cost himself an ejection as his team was behind 2-0.
All of this comes in wake of the most recent A-Rod scandal that sees him appealing a 211-game ban from baseball that was issued to him earlier in the month. Rodriguez, along with 12 other players, have been handed suspensions by the MLB front office in relation to the Biogenesis case that has been swirling around the media lately.
Nothing new for Rodriguez, from the moment he stepped into the league he has been controversial and has had plenty of media scrutiny; from the original baseball wonder-boy to the newest perennial baseball villain, A-Rod has had his fair share of controversy.
It really is a shame though, as good of a player that he is and was (which hopefully no one can deny) he has become such a hated figure in the baseball world and has had so many fans turn their faces from him. Many will never respect him after it became true that he did in fact use steroids a number of years ago, and just when you think it was all done we have ourselves another saga.
But what happened this past Sunday was something that might have sparked A-Rod in his recent comeback despite all the allegations that have been surfacing. It is unclear why Dempster threw at A-Rod or if it has anything to do with what he has been accused of, but nonetheless it turned things up.
After being hit in the elbow and seeing his manager (who has fully supported him the whole time) Rodriguez got the last laugh on Dempster as he hit a homerun in the top of the sixth inning and went on to bat 3-4 with two RBI’s, along with a 9-6 victory over the Red Sox.
And as Rodriguez rounded the bases we saw a lot of emotion from A-Rod when he celebrated and said some words to Dempster that had to be bleeped out on the television, giving life to a man that has seemingly had the MLB, the fans, and the rest of the world turn on him over the last few weeks.
With little personal knowledge on the most recent scandal I don’t have much of an opinion on whether or not A-Rod is guilty, but I have said in the past and I will continue to say again — Alex Rodriguez is a great ball player and regardless of what he has been accused of he has always been a great source for sports entertainment.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.