Dempster did not get tossed from Sunday night's game in Boston between the N.Y. Yankees and the Red Sox.
He got four cracks at Alex Rodriguez, aiming behind him and in-tight before plunking him on the left elbow, with the ball jumping up to hit his back.
The plate umpire awarded A-Rod his base, warned both clubs that anymore hit batsmen would result in an ejection and the game continued.
There were the usual shenanigans of the Yank's manager Joe Girardi gesticulating wildly, throwing his cap and getting tossed from the contest, as well as the Red Sox bullpen emptying to mill around as if they had any intention of escalating the situation.
Other than that, all Ryan Dempster did was agitate Rodriquez and the Yankees who went on to win the game 9-6. A-Rod got a bit of revenge when he blasted a home run off Dempster a few innings later. He was followed by Brett Gardner who cleared the bases with a triple, giving N.Y. a lead it never relinquished.
MLB has decided to punish Boston's pitcher despite the umpire's refusal to mete out discipline on the spot. A-Rod might be the most hated player in the game right now, openly dissed by his own club's management and under fire from Commissioner Bud Selig.
However, that doesn't mean that baseball wants Rodriguez to get aimed at and plunked like a county fair clown sitting atop a tank of water. Consider the rest of the teams to face the Yankees warned.
"We'll take care of A-Rod's punishment," MLB has said in essence. "You guys just play ball." And yet, without Dempster losing a start (Phils' have two off-days in the next week) and the token $2,500 fine it's not much punishment. Comments?