As you've no doubt heard by now, A's starter Dallas Braden is no fan of Alex Rodriguez, or at least the way the third baseman runs across the diamond. Braden said A-Rod strayed into his territory and let him know about it.
"You guys ever see anybody run across the mound like that?" Braden asked reporters. "He ran across the pitcher’s mound, foot on my rubber. No. not flying."
Never touch another man's rubber as the old saying goes.
Anyway, Braden went on and on and said it wasn't just because it was Rodriguez, a "first-ballot Hall of Famer," Braden said.Any player, or person, would have drawn his fire.
"If my grandmother ran across the mound she’d hear the same thing he heard," Braden said. "Period. That’s the way I am in the game. That’s the way I handle myself on my workday. That’s just the way it is."
Braden then hit Rodriguez where it hurts. A few times.
“Those guys, from top to bottom it’s a classy organization. From top to bottom, they do it right,” said Braden, a 26-year-old lefty. “He should maybe just watch his captain [Derek Jeter] a little more often. It doesn’t start and end with him over there at third.”
Rodriguez has some history of bothering the opposition and though Braden didn’t recall A-Rod’s “Ha!” moment in Toronto from 2007 when he distracted Blue Jays’ third baseman on a popup, he did bring up Rodriguez slapping the ball out of Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo’s glove on a play at first in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS.
“I think the one glaring incident was when he was trying to do jumping jacks or whatever he was doing down the first base line that year against [Boston],” Braden said. “What was he doing? When in your life, A-Rod, have you ever done that? Was he trying to break up a double play at first? What was he doing?
The A's don't play in New York until Aug. 30-Sept. 2 BUT the Yankees are back here July 5-7 and it's only human to hope Braden lines up to pitch.
*** As for the game, kind of ho-hum. CC Sabathia, in his words, didn't have much but grinded through eight innings in which he allowed four runs, three earned, and four hits. What really bothered the lefty was the six walks.
“I walked their lefties 4 times,” Sabathia said. “That's just ridiculous.”
"I was just all over the place really," he said. "Bad day today."
Talk to you from Anaheim.