The Blue Jays are not pleased with Alex Rodriguez. They said he yelled, “Mine!” as he passed behind Howie Clark in the ninth inning. Clark backed off the pop-up and it led to the Yankees scoring three runs.
“I’ve never seen it happen, maybe I’m naive but I thought it was a bush-league play. That’s not Yankee pride right there,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Clark said that in all his time in baseball, he had never experience such a thing.
Rodriguez said he yelled, “Ha!” because, “I was excited running around third base. I don’t know what my intention was.”
Why he would be excited running around third base as the final out was going to be made is uncertain.
It’s up to you to decide whether it’s gamesmanship or poor sportsmanship. I’ve covered baseball games for about 25 years now and I’ve never seen a runner do that. The only time you see it is when a catcher is chasing down a ball near the dugout and the guys inside yell.
Joe Torre, Johnny Damon and other Yankees didn’t seem to know what to say about it.
“You know â€¦ I donâ€™t know what to feel for it. Itâ€™s baseball. Itâ€™s not like he said, ‘I got it,’ ” Torre said.
Torre would never criticize his own player on the record for something like that.
The Yankees play Toronto again on July 16. Just a prediction, I’m going to guess Rodriguez gets hit by a pitch that day.
One thing is sure, the guy is always at the center of something.