WATCH: Ryan Dempster takes aim at Alex Rodriguez, succeeds on fourth pitch

  • David Whitlock

You never know what you’re going to get when the Boston Red Sox face the New York Yankees.  But if Alex Rodriguez is involved, it will be interesting.  On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, Red Sox hurler Ryan Dempster went right after Rodriguez.  Not over the plate, but behind him, two off the plate in, then in the ribs (on a 3-0 pitch, of course).  Watch (courtesy MLB.com):

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi wasted no time protesting the clear intent, and dutifully was thrown the shower by home plate umpire Brian O’Nora (who warned both teams immediately).  Girardi did what a manager was supposed to do, protecting his players at all cost.  Not sure why Dempster wasn’t ejected as he blatantly threw at Alex several times.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Yankees plated two in the inning, and then Rodriguez exacted a measure of revenge by taking Demspter deep in the 6th inning (giving a slight glare to the pitcher as he neared second base).  No other bean ball retaliation from the Bronx Bombers, a retaliation would clearly be an ejection, so we might see something in the later innings with less to impose upon the bullpen.

You can’t script this stuff, folks.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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