Alex Rodriguez has been hit by pitches three times in the past two games, and after being hit in his first at-bat last night – with first base open – Rodriguez was visibly upset, standing and staring into the Yankees dugout for a long moment before talking with the plate umpire and heading to first.
Asked afterward for his thoughts on being a target, A-Rod declined to discuss whether he sensed any intent. He did say, however, something that may shed some light on why he broke out of his two-game mini-slump starting in Game 3:
“I will say this,” he said. “That the one time I got hit in (Saturday’s) game, my first at-bat, kind of woke me up a little bit and just reminded me, ‘Hey, this is the World Series, let’s get it going a little bit.’ So it worked out.”
I’d say so. Rodriguez homered in his next at-bat and delivered the critical hit in Game 4. Intent or not, the Phillies beanballs succeeded in waking up the Yankees best hitter.