The A-Rod Dempster headlines this morning has the sports world's attention as last night's Red Sox-Yankees game saw Alex Rodriguez get hit with a 3-0 pitch from Ryan Dempster. This pitch made contact in the second inning, after Dempster "missing several times," according to Yahoo Sports on Aug. 19.
Was it A-Rod's alleged performance enhancing drug use that seemingly had Dempster taking aim? Perhaps the ball was fueled by the flurry of rumors that A-Rod has tattled on his fellow ball players? Could this be what caused this ballplayer to subconsciously make contact with the ball, or did he just miss?
Dempster claims he didn't take aim at A-Rod, he explained himself after the game by saying that he was "trying to pitch inside." A Canadian Journalist weighed in on last night's Yankee-Red Sox game indiscretion calling Dempster a "man of his word." Wayne Scanlan apparently had some prior knowledge of a possible pelting of A-Rod by Dempster. Scanlan writes on Twitter:
"Met Ryan Dempster in Detroit. Said he had an issue with A-Rod and would drill him first chance he got. Man of his word. #soxyanks"
Up until the point that Dempster fired off that 92 MPH fastball that made contact with Rodriguez, the "Yankees were dead and buried," as Boston.com reports on Monday morning. It was Dempster's dirty work that seemed to rally the game for the Yankees.
It didn't take long for Rodriguez to get his revenge, but within the legal limits of the game. The second time that A-Rod came to bat, he got on base. It was the third time A-Rod batted that had the ring of revenge to it, as he hit a home run that started a four-run Yankees rally. New York ended up beating Boston 9-6.
Another side plot for the evening was the Yankees manger getting ejected from the game after protesting the pitch that hit A-Rod.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi stormed out of the dugout and screamed at plate umpire Brian O'Nora, who ejected Girardi for that display. This was after O'Nora made his way over to both benches to warn them immediately following A-Rod getting hit by Dempster's pitch.
"He should have been thrown out of the game," Girardi said. "Everyone knows it was intentional."
After all was said and done the Yankee's did nothing to retaliate but play a decent game of baseball. Even some of the most die-hard Red Sox fans took notice of this.