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Rodriguez: “I’ve never quite heard that”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 22, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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In a very bizarre game, perhaps the most bizarre moment came in the sixth inning when Alex Rodriguez got into a shouting match with Oakland starter Dallas Braden.

“He just told me to get off his mound,” Rodriguez said. “I was a little surprised. I’d never quite heard that. Especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career.”

The whole thing started when Rodriguez went from first to third on a foul ball by Robinson Cano. On his way back to first, Rodriguez ran across the pitcher’s mound, which Braden saw as a sign of disrespect.

“I don’t care if I’m Cy Young or the 25th man on the roster, if I’ve got the ball in my hand and I’m on that mound, that’s my mound,” Braden said. “… He ran across the pitcher’s mound foot on my rubber. No, not happening. We’re not the door mat anymore.”

Rodriguez said he had never heard the unwritten rule that a player shouldn’t run across the mound. When Braden started yelling at him, Rodriguez didn’t know what it was about. “I thought it was pretty funny, actually,” Rodriguez said.

Braden, though, went out of his way to call out Rodriguez. He spoke very kindly of the Yankees organization, but took great exception to Rodriguez.

“He should maybe watch his Captain a little more often,” Braden said.

Here’s the audio from Rodriguez and Braden.

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446 Responses to “Rodriguez: “I’ve never quite heard that””

  1. Mackenzie April 22nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Who are you, Dallas Braden?

  2. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    “I thought it was pretty funny, actually,” Rodriguez said.

    **********************
    I’ll say it again-I love Alex :)

  3. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    “”””If the Tigers fall out of it, think they’ll trade us back Damon to replace NJ?”””

    I’m sure Godzilla is having a great laugh at NJ filling his shoes at the fans expense. Yup, all of the Koolaid drinkers gave me heck for wanting Godzilla back and all of their pathetic rationalizations clogged the blog. Please gods in heaven allow Cashdope to make a decent decision next winter???

  4. Joe April 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    “He should maybe watch his Captain a little more often,” Braden said.

    ————-

    lol ouch!

  5. John K in VA April 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Who?

  6. Giuseppe Franco April 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    # Giuseppe Franco April 22nd, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I think it remains to be seen about Johnson being on “borrowed time” in the #2 hole.

    Girardi has never messed with Teixeira during his struggles and didn’t mess with A-Rod when he struggled in June and July of last year.

    Granted, Johnson is no Teixeira or A-Rod but Girardi usually has a lot of patience with the vets and knows Johnson will start hitting eventually.

    I don’t see Johnson losing his #2 slot anytime soon.

  7. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    m

    Thanks! If wanting to taste ARod, Jeter, or Tom Broddy, makes me sick, then I dont want to be “not sick”! :D

  8. Giuseppe Franco April 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Hmmm….I never quite heard that, either.

  9. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Sounds like Braden needs a course in anger management 101. The HGH certainly wreaks havoc with the ability to reason soundly. He sounds like Rachel Maddow ranting and raving.

  10. U-Turn April 22nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Note to NJ:

    When there are 2 outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd, a walk doesn’t help us. You need to swing the bat.

    This guy looks awful. How did he hit .290 last year? Are NL pitchers that bad?

  11. NYY626 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Wow, what is this guys problem? Also, I kinda hate that he made that comment about Jeter cause I feel like he’s just trying to stir the jeter vs arod stuff again.

    Relax Braden. Its not that serious!!

  12. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Why would Alex run over the mound while the opposing pitcher’s still on it? Totally unnecessary.

    The only thing Braden did wrong was threaten repercussions.

    He’s pretty clever actually. A-rod wants respect? Give it, too.

  13. Laura - My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Didn’t see the game today. I was at work. I was very surprised to see that we lost with CC on the mound. I was even more shocked to learn that some guy that nobody has ever heard of thinks that he can call out Alex Rodriquez. Very comical.

    I would comment on Nick Johnson, but my feelings are well known so why beat a dead horse?

  14. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    A walk always help, especially if Teixeira and Rodriguez are batting after you.

    I’ll take a .500 OBP and a .100 BA if that’s what he gives us.

    Obviously, as the season progresses, Nick Johnson will probably be around the .240/.440 mark. I’ll take that every time.

  15. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    NYY626 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    Also, I kinda hate that he made that comment about Jeter cause I feel like he’s just trying to stir the jeter vs arod stuff again.

    **********************
    I have a feeling they’ll both be laughing about this tonight. :)

  16. Nat April 22nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I give Braden some credit… that was a nice little dig he gave A-Rod (re: watch your captain). It’s nice to see Jeter revered like that around the league – Schilling said the same thing after the Arroyo incident.

    Made much more sense than the “licking his lips” comment.

  17. Laura - My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    m, do you really think Alex really gave it any thought? From his interview, you can tell that he’s never heard of this mound rule. This guy is making something out of nothing.

    Is the mound so delicate that Alex’s 230lb frame is going to damage it? If that mound can withstand CC for 9 innings, it can handle anything. :P

  18. Pat M. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    If Alex did run across the mound as Braden claims, well then that’s an in your face by Alex……

  19. Giuseppe Franco April 22nd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Unfortunately, this tiff is going to be just another stupid hyped story we’ll have to hear about again and again the next time these teams meet.

    Just like the “Ha!” stuff against Toronto.

  20. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    “”””””‘Note to NJ:

    When there are 2 outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd, a walk doesn’t help us. You need to swing the bat.

    This guy looks awful. How did he hit .290 last year? Are NL pitchers that bad?”””””””

    Ask Javy Vasquez :)

  21. Lance April 22nd, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I’m baffled that any pitcher throws this guy a ball. He doesn’t want to swing the bat, why not go right after him?

    He can’t live off his reputation forever.

  22. Laura - My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    “Obviously, as the season progresses, Nick Johnson will probably be around the .240/.440 mark. I’ll take that every time.”

    Is this how low our standards have fallen? We give up a .270-.300 clutch hitter for some guy that takes walks and strikeouts? And that’s acceptable? I don’t understand it.

  23. dmso April 22nd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    It’s April 22nd, Melkman. Nick isn’t hitting yet, and his OBP is still over .400. Relax.

    “Cashdope”? Are you kidding me?

  24. Laura - My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    “If Alex did run across the mound as Braden claims, well then that’s an in your face by Alex……”

    If it were BOS where there is definitely history, maybe I could see it. Since when does Alex have a problem with OAK?

  25. JC23 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    not sure why braden said he was on the mound. cano knocked into a inning ending double play. so braden wouldn’t be on the mound with the ball as he said; he would have been going back to the dugout. then YES showed him kicking and throwing cups and gloves in the dugout. really bizarre.

  26. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Laura,

    Do others do it while the pitcher’s on the mound? I haven’t heard about it.

    Braden overreacted, but still…

  27. raymagnetic April 22nd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    What a maroon!

  28. Killa Cali April 22nd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    “Why would Alex run over the mound while the opposing pitcher’s still on it? Totally unnecessary.

    The only thing Braden did wrong was threaten repercussions.

    He’s pretty clever actually. A-rod wants respect? Give it, too.”

    I agree, m.

    A-Rod has done stuff like this before, so its hard to give him the benefit of doubt.

  29. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    “”””””””””””””””Obviously, as the season progresses, Nick Johnson will probably be around the .240/.440 mark. I’ll take that every time.”

    Is this how low our standards have fallen? We give up a .270-.300 clutch hitter for some guy that takes walks and strikeouts? And that’s acceptable? I don’t understand it.””””””””””””””””””

    That’s called drinking the Koolaid, but we are “trolls” for having common sense and not bending over and accepting every move Cashpoor makes. Cash really screwed up this time.

  30. Yanks 99 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Is Nick Johnson proof that the NL/AL disparity extends to position players as well?

  31. Laura - My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    “A-Rod has done stuff like this before, so its hard to give him the benefit of doubt.”

    I love it. This guy puts the team on his back, practically singlehandedly gets us into the World Series and still people want to assume the worst. This from “fans” of his team. Unreal.

  32. LGY April 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t think Alex gives a crap about what other players around the league think of him.

    This is a competitive sport. I understand the nature of the game today, but it is a bit refreshing that a guy is not best friends with everyone he plays against.

  33. Carl April 22nd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    It was an inning ending double play right?

  34. Joe April 22nd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    We’re OK with NJ hitting .240, talking walks, and striking out a million times hitting 2nd?

    We don’t need another Nick Swisher. One is more than enough….

  35. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I don’t get the anti-Alex sentiment. He said himself he had never heard of that “rule” before. I really don’t think he did it to show up Dallas Braden.

  36. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    The respect comment was about respecting players whether they’re rookies got 3 wins, 100 wins, whatever. Respect.

  37. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    It’s obvious listening to the audio of both that Braden has an inferiority complex and knows he is with a losing team and Arod is knows it’s disrespectful, committed trash play on the field and trash talk on the audio.

  38. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Laura – My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    “A-Rod has done stuff like this before, so its hard to give him the benefit of doubt.”

    I love it. This guy puts the team on his back, practically singlehandedly gets us into the World Series and still people want to assume the worst. This from “fans” of his team. Unreal.

    *********************
    My thoughts exactly, Laura.

  39. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    A-Rod has done stuff like this before, so its hard to give him the benefit of doubt.”

    WHAT A JOKE!!!

    This guy carried us singlehandedly last year.

    Instead of Yankees fans having the guy’s back, there are idiots that will go against him. Such is life with Yankees fans.

    GO AROD!

  40. Carl April 22nd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I just watched it, it was an inning ending dp. Why does he care if he walked on the mound?

  41. Warry Wort April 22nd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Dallas Braden = Donovan McNabb

  42. AndrewYF April 22nd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    There are so many unwritten rules in baseball, it’s hard to keep track. Stay off the mound to give respect to the pitcher? Really? Braden is a doofus for getting so angry. Did you see him? He had to be restrained by his manager. Completely uncalled for, and really a pretty embarrassing display for him. It’s a professional game, Braden. Act professional.

  43. pat April 22nd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    “Why would Alex run over the mound while the opposing pitcher’s still on it?”

    Braden said Alex ran across the pitching rubber so how could Braden have been on it?

    Leiter and Ripken went with the “grow up” angle. You say something in the moment or let it go.

  44. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Why is everyone ignoring that Chad wrote A-rod went back to first after a foul-ball? Unless Chad is wrong. ;)

  45. keith April 22nd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Laura,

    You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Johnson Career:
    RISP 277/456/467 923 OPS
    RISP 2 Out 257/446/464 910OPS
    Close/late 286/434/459 894 OPS

    Matsui Career:
    RISP 300/384/480 .865 OPS
    RISP 2Out 258/356/374 731OPS
    Close/late 325/395/575 970 OPS

    Maybe you should stick to fawning over the “cute” players on other teams.

  46. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    There were days when the players weren’t buddies with each other even during the All-Star game where they went hard at each other. While I’m fine with this “kissy we all love each other like a fraternity” that’s not exactly the history of the game. And we all know how people love to revel in the history and tradition of the game.

  47. randy l. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    “You’re asking randy about etiquette.”

    maine yankee-

    good point.

    i used to get mad when the opposing team stepped on my plate.

  48. NYY626 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    http://www.theinsider.com/news.....My_Parents

    Cute video of jeter on insider

  49. raymagnetic April 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Giambi was a .240 hitter and people wanted him gone.

    I think certain people take the obp argument too far. It’s nice to get on base but you have to swing the bat as well.

    That said Nick Johnson will probably hit for his career average. Come mid-may if he’s still not hitting I doubt he’s still going to bat second.

  50. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I agree, m.

    A-Rod has done stuff like this before, so its hard to give him the benefit of doubt.

    ***************************************************************

    Or not. :roll:

  51. Grey 44 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Braden actually was very complimentary of the Yankees… said we were a class organization and praised Jeter.

    A-Rod screwed up. He shouldn’t have ran on his mound.

  52. Giuseppe Franco April 22nd, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    # Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    That’s called drinking the Koolaid, but we are “trolls” for having common sense and not bending over and accepting every move Cashpoor makes. Cash really screwed up this time.

    —————–

    You do realize we’re only 15 games into the season?

    How many times have we seen players struggle terribly in April and turn their seasons around once the calendar flips to May?

    A lot of us wanted either Damon or Matsui back. It just didn’t happen. They were both well liked by the fans.

    So what’s the point of crying about it everyday? To annoy everyone?

    We get it. You’d rather have Matsui than Johnson. So would I. But Johnson is the DH now and this is the best team in baseball regardless who mans the DH slot everyday.

    Good grief. Move on, already.

  53. pat April 22nd, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Carl

    The play before the DP. Robbie hit a foul down the third base line. Alex had to get back to 1st from 3rd on the foul and ran across the mound to get back. Braden took umbrage.

  54. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    pat,

    Can’t two people be on the mound at the same time? ;)

  55. Joe April 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    NJ comprised those clutch stats in the NL on a perennial 100 loss team.

    Matsui comprised those stats on the biggest\, most pressure packed stage in Sports and proved it in the postseason.

    Stats are useless if they are not applied correctly….

  56. whoa April 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    “It was an inning ending double play right?”

    “not sure why braden said he was on the mound. cano knocked into a inning ending double play. so braden wouldn’t be on the mound with the ball as he said; he would have been going back to the dugout. then YES showed him kicking and throwing cups and gloves in the dugout. really bizarre.”

    can you guys read? it was on a foul ball earlier in the at bat when arod went 1st to 3rd. he was going back to 1st.

  57. Alon April 22nd, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Breach of etiquette. You don’t walk on the pitcher’s mound, you don’t yell at defenders on the base paths. You don’t need to be nice to everyone, but don’t be an ass either. A-Rod was wrong.

  58. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I understand a player has to hit as well.

    I only said .240 because he has started out so poorly. He could very well end at .270. Who knows.

    But, my point is, if a guy had a .100/.500, I’d take that. A guy reaching base 50 percent of the time, in front of Teixeira and ARod.

  59. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 22nd, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Braden actually was very complimentary of the Yankees… said we were a class organization and praised Jeter.
    *********************************************

    The word “we” in this instance makes me cringe. Especially in light of some of the *fans* on this particular blog.

  60. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    NYY626 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm
    http://www.theinsider.com/news…..My_Parents

    Cute video of jeter on insider

    **************************

    Thanks for the link! That was really cute.

  61. Laura - My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    “Maybe you should stick to fawning over the “cute” players on other teams.”

    You can quote stats all you want, particularly when they are from the AAA National League. I’m looking at what Johnson is doing now which is Jack Squat. You want me to stop missing Matsui and complaining about Mr. All I do is Walk? Tell Johnson to get off of his rear and get on base via a hit. Otherwise, he can sit on the bench.

    I’ve been watching baseball for almost 40 years. What I know about baseball wouldn’t fit in your puny brain. I’ll complain about Johnson and swoon over Markakis whether you like it or not. Don’t like it? Skip my posts.

  62. randy l. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    “Why would Alex run over the mound while the opposing pitcher’s still on it? Totally unnecessary.

    The only thing Braden did wrong was threaten repercussions.

    He’s pretty clever actually. A-rod wants respect? Give it, too.”

    m-

    how about seeing some video before making a judgement ?

    someone will have some video at some point.

  63. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    “””””A-Rod has done stuff like this before, so its hard to give him the benefit of doubt.”

    WHAT A JOKE!!!

    This guy carried us singlehandedly last year.

    Instead of Yankees fans having the guy’s back, there are idiots that will go against him. Such is life with Yankees fans.

    GO AROD!”””””

    AROD has recently found an inner peace that has shaken the monkey off of his back as a NYY. He has controlled his emotions and now employs brutish tactics, trash talk etc etc to great affect. Then when he is asked about his tactics on the field, he feins ignorance. Classic Chicago Thug protocol.

  64. BJK April 22nd, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Braden comes across as the clown here.

    Even if his gripe is legitimate, which I’m not convinced it is, why bring the press into it?

    Deal with it like a man. Don’t go whining to the press and calling other players out through the media.

    Perhaps Braden is the one who should take notes from the Yankee Captain.

  65. Bronx Jeers April 22nd, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    M,

    I’m just not sure if it was actually done with intent.

    And if Braden wants to yell at Alex at the time of the incident, I guess that’s his right. He’s battling out there as well.

    But then he should just leave it at that.

  66. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Braden actually was very complimentary of the Yankees… said we were a class organization and praised Jeter.
    *********************************************

    The word “we” in this instance makes me cringe. Especially in light of some of the *fans* on this particular blog.

    ————————
    LOL

  67. NYY626 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:18 pm
    NYY626 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm
    http://www.theinsider.com/news…..My_Parents

    Cute video of jeter on insider

    **************************

    Thanks for the link! That was really cute.
    _________________________________________________________________________
    Yeah we needed a happy video after all this *drama*! LOL. And for the record, I would pay A LOT of money to see Jeter on Dancing With the Stars.

  68. LGY April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    When you have former MLB players, Al Leiter a pitcher with 100x the resume of Braden being one of them, mocking you on national TV it does not bode well for the “Alex was wrong” crowd.

  69. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    It’s Francona’s BDAY!!

    HAPPY BDAY TITO!!!

  70. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    “brutish tactics”? “Classic Chicago Thug protocol”?

    LMAO – so thats what i’ve been missing on this blog all off season?

    Priceless.

  71. Carl April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Just watched the Oakland feed. A-Rod ran to third on the foul pop, then cut the field in half to go to first.

  72. Laura - My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    “Good grief. Move on, already.”

    It would be easier to move on Giuseppe if Johnson wasn’t batting below the Mendoza line while Matsui is hovering around .300.

  73. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Melkman

    Grow Up.

    Every Red Sox player acts with a brutish violent demeanor. Alex acts like he no longer cares about what people think of him, let alone a crybaby like Braden.

    He ran back to 1st base, no intent whatsoever. Get over it!

  74. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Oh get over it, Braden – talk about trying to pick a fight. What a dope.

  75. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Bronx and randy,

    You’re right. But I still think that Alex could’ve taken the high road. He is after all the superstar. Why swat at the guy like a fly?

    Anyway, they’ll all probably be laughing about it. It’s not a big deal. I don’t hate Alex. It’s just that boys getting hot under the jerseys.

  76. Alamo April 22nd, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I’m getting tired of A-Rod and all of his antics. Can’t the guy just play baseball? Why doesh e always have to bring attention to himself?

    Seesh, sometimes a tiger doesn’t change its spots. I thought we were past this with A-Rod after the WS. Guess not.

    That said, Braden’s a clown

  77. Hit Girl April 22nd, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Gotta love a DH who is afraid to hit and takes third strikes right down the middle.

  78. Hit Girl April 22nd, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    CC Sabathia is no Roy Halladay

  79. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Understatement of the season brought to you by Joe Girardi: “We had some weird things happen today.” #nyy

    LOL

  80. GreenBeret7 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    A-Rod shocked to be yelled at by guy with only handful of wins. Braden points out he only has 3, not a handful. “Do the math.”

    I’m starting to really dislike Braden

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    For old tme HOF pitcher, Mordecai “Three Finger ” Brown, 3 would have been a handful of wins.

  81. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Clay pitcching well…like he’s pitching for his job. j/k

  82. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Bet some of you talking about how wrong Alex was didn’t even see what allegedly happened. You’re just whining. Like someone said, you’ve got other MLB players shrugging this off like nothing. Until they are all griping (i.e. opting out during the World Series) then there is no overwhelming right or wrong done by Alex.

  83. Jakke April 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Both parties handled it poorly.

    Just move on.

  84. GreenBeret7 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    a lot of players cross the mound on the way in to the dugout. as far as “baseball ettiquette” it wouldn’t rattle a pitcher as much as throwing at the batter without repercusions to the pitcher.

  85. RS April 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Who says Nick Johnson is going to bat .240? Him and Teixeira have almost the exact same batting average in 2010 and for their career (.290), yet everyone is confident Tex will finish the year at .285-.300 while NJ is going to be stuck at .240? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

    I think .275 with a .410 OBP is pretty realistic, and that combination isn’t any worse than what Damon did for us in his time here.

  86. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    NYY626 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Yeah we needed a happy video after all this *drama*! LOL. And for the record, I would pay A LOT of money to see Jeter on Dancing With the Stars.

    ***********************
    You and me both! LOL

  87. Giuseppe Franco April 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    # Laura – My Pretend Boyfriend plays for BAL April 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    It would be easier to move on Giuseppe if Johnson wasn’t batting below the Mendoza line while Matsui is hovering around .300.

    ———–

    So what?

    Matsui had a horrible April and it seemed like more than half the blog declared him “finished” and wanted him gone.

    Check out the boards from this time last year and you’ll see for yourself.

    Complaining about the DH role with this team is rather silly when you look at their record. Johnson will turn it around as long as he stays on the field.

    He has always hit. His big problem has always been health.

  88. spark April 22nd, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    NJ is not a .125 hitter just like Tex is not a .125 hitter.

    NJ has never not hit. He’s slumping now. Next month he may be hot, Tex may be hot and Cano and Posada who were hot this month could be slumping.

    If Cano and Posada are slumping next month it won’t mean they’re not good hitters or they suddenly forgot how to hit.

    It’s called baseball people. Learn to understand it.

  89. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    “”””We get it. You’d rather have Matsui than Johnson. So would I. But Johnson is the DH now and this is the best team in baseball regardless who mans the DH slot everyday.

    Good grief. Move on, already.”””””

    Matsui never deserved to be thrown under the bus for a knee problem that he bravely worked through. He is a warrior and Cash needs to be called out for his lack of vision for 2010. Losing him was like a death to the family and can’t be let go. Look at NJ: pasty, mentally weakened by a long stay in the NL. After the season, Cash needs to apologize to Hidecki, Japan, and the NYY fans. He will not be forgiven until that day.

  90. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Alamo April 22nd, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    I’m getting tired of A-Rod and all of his antics. Can’t the guy just play baseball? Why doesh e always have to bring attention to himself?

    ***********************

    :roll:

  91. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Dallas Braden doesn’t own the mound; did he charge the Yankees pitchers rent for using it during these 3 games? He’s obviously insecure; why else would he even bother? What a freaking baby.

  92. pat April 22nd, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    “A-Rod ran to third on the foul pop, then cut the field in half to go to first.”

    Someone tell Braden, Alex did the math! The shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line. His geometry teacher and Joe West would be proud.

  93. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Who knows.

    By the end of the season, Roy Halladay and Matsui could be on the DL, and then all this garbage about wanting Roy over CC, and Matsui over Johnson could be moot.

  94. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Next time A-Rod should throw down bread crumbs so he can retrace his exact steps back to first base.

  95. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Ledger_Yankees A-Rod also says he didn’t remember whether he jogged over the mound. Girardi didn’t see anything. #NYY

    Ledger_Yankees Clearly, Javier Vazquez had something to do with this. #NYY

  96. Badger April 22nd, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I just wish Texas could have taken one game

    They had 4-run leads in both games and losr both. That McDonalds kid turned into Babe Ruth and willed them to victory both nights.

  97. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    “You’re right. But I still think that Alex could’ve taken the high road. He is after all the superstar. Why swat at the guy like a fly?”

    Alex didn’t call out the guy, he called Alex out and got what he deserved.

    I’m surprised that a Yankee fan automatically assumed the player that played for the team they root for is in the wrong here.

  98. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    How Yankees fans can turn on their own, I’ll never know.

    Do they think they are doing the world justice by trying to appear unbiased.

    ARod is one of the greatest players in the universe, and instead of supporting him, people would rather attack him.

    You wont ever see Red Sox fans attack David Ortiz, unless David Ortiz is no longer helping their team win (which is right now!)

  99. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Craw, don’t be surprised; it’s Alex after all. Everything he does is the wrong thing…….and everything another player does is the right thing.

  100. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Do Red Sox fans care that Ortiz juiced?

    Not a bit! They are proud of him for cheating and helping their team win 2 World Series.

  101. pat April 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    m

    You may not “hate” Alex but if he ran into the street to save a child from an oncoming car, you would think the cop was justified for giving him a ticket for jaywalking. :wink:

  102. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    “Craw, don’t be surprised; it’s Alex after all. Everything he does is the wrong thing…….and everything another player does is the right thing”

    Well, I thought M was better than that, guess I was wrong.

  103. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Saltalamacchia is due for his first hit of the season.

  104. Andrea April 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Braden needs to take it easy. Unfortunately, I think that A-Rod is just very stupid. He is not a smart man. So I’m inclined to believe him when he says that he didn’t know that rule. If it doesn’t involve him (i.e. he’s not a pitcher), I would believe that he doesn’t know about it. Braden needs to take it easy and stop acting like the slighted child.

  105. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    So now we have to call Arod a very stupid person. Yankee fans, what a classy rooting base.

  106. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Arod did save a child from the middle of the street….in Boston no less.

  107. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    So every player in baseball knows every rule? Alex is dumb, lol.

  108. RS April 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    How ironic for Braden to say the Yankees are a class organization. Maybe the reason they’re considered so classy is because their players don’t mouth off about their opponents.

  109. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Braden needs to STFU.

  110. LGY April 22nd, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I do not see anything wrong with what Alex said. I thought he handled it very professionally.

    He made sure to get his one dig in there so Braden knows his role and not to run his mouth when you have done nothing in this game.

    If Alex just rolled over like a baby and said nothing there would be people complaining how soft he is and how he got called out by some no name.

  111. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Andrea April 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    Unfortunately, I think that A-Rod is just very stupid.

    *******************
    Alex is stupid because he didn’t know an unwritten rule? I’m sure every other MLB player knows them all. :roll:

  112. Pat M. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Some here are almost as hot as Braden ????? If Alex crossed part of the hill, I view it as a touch of gamesmanship……..The kid took aception to that so be it, it’s not as though Alex picked up his Yelloe rosin bag to dry off his hands……..Braden was pumped up, survived a bullet of Cano’s flair and is beating the NY Yankees……His postgame remarks are more about defending his blowup actions on the field than the actual incident……I used to hate it when baserunners would dig foot holes while taking leads off of 2nd…..The more I complained the deeper the holes…….

  113. Michelle April 22nd, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    It’s funny how it is always players on the bad teams who start these things. Rays in spring training(when they were bad), Toronto, now an A’s player. Someone tell Braden he doesn’t own the mound. He just made himself look like a hot head fool. Like anyone cares what the nobody has to say.

  114. Bronx Jeers April 22nd, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    “CC Sabathia is no Roy Halladay”

    Sure.

    But Beckett/Lester/Lackey are no CC Sabathia.

    I’m not even sure if Beckett is Javy Vazquez at this point!

  115. randy l. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    “He is not a smart man”

    where do people get this stuff?

  116. Carl April 22nd, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    # randy l. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    “He is not a smart man”

    where do people get this stuff?

    Hilarious stuff lol

  117. LGY April 22nd, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Yeah, Alex is stupid.. :roll:

    I would put his baseball instincts up against any guy in the game, the Captain included.

  118. Andrea April 22nd, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    He’s not dumb because eh didn’t know an unwritten rule. I’m one of the biggest A-Rod fans. I rooted for him when no one in NY would. He’s just not a smart dude. He says really dumb things fairly often. So in expecting him to know something that does not ordinarily apply to him and that is not an actual written rule is unreasonable. Any WRITTEN rule I’m sure he knows backwards and forwards.

    Ok, maybe stupid is the wrong word. He just doesn’t usually seem terribly concerned with the things that do not directly apply to him–nothing wrong with that, just an observation. My point is that Braden needs to calm it down and not expect everyone to find the things he finds important as important as he does.

  119. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Braden must think he’s Bob Gibson.

  120. randy l. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    “CC Sabathia is no Roy Halladay”

    roy halladay won’t be roy halladay two years from now.

    the best pitcher is always a temporary thing.

  121. m April 22nd, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Okay, crawdaddy. I’ll try to explain what I’m thinking.

    Whatever happened on the field was okay. If Alex swatted at him on the field during the spat, then that’s fine.

    But once they start making comments to the press it gets kind of murky. I feel that Alex could’ve taken the high road.

    Braden over-reacted, made a stupid threat. He’s to blame, too. Enough to go around.

    Leaving for now, please don’t think the worst of me. I’m only human. ;)

  122. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Randy, they pull it out of their a s s

  123. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 22nd, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    “He is not a smart man”

    where do people get this stuff?

    **********************************

    Forrest Gump.

  124. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Actually M, I won’t think much of you going forward because Alex did nothing wrong even with his comments. He made the point he should have which is no your place before calling somebody else out.

  125. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Angel – In an Empire State of Mind April 22nd, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    “He is not a smart man”

    where do people get this stuff?

    **********************************

    Forrest Gump.

    **************************
    LMAO :lol:

  126. MI Yank April 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Disappointed tha Alex didn’t take the high-road. If Braden was as insignificant as you made him out to be, why are you getting into a war of words with him?

    Just lay low and don’t comment.

  127. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_14934625

    Nice article on CC; Phil seems to have taken a shine to him, lol

  128. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 22nd, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Well, the shortest way back to 1st base from 3rd base is across the diamond, which runs across the pitcher’s mound. In this one particular instance, I would give ARod the benefit of the doubt that he did not cross the mound with the intention of disrespecting the pitcher. He may have been thoughtless, but not disrespectful. We all know ARod has acted without thinking before.

    I think Braden is overreacting in this instance, and starting trouble that nobody asked for.

    And the comment about repercussions? There needs to be something said or done by MLB about that. That is a threat. And they should be no tolerance for those kinds of threats made by a person who is in the position of being able to throw a ball at someone.

    Randy l and Pat M., I appreciate your response to my question about the etiquette.

  129. Jeremy April 22nd, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Some of you trolls- posters are crazy. This is why many of the regulars don’t spend a lot of time around here. We have people complaining about Nick Johnson, people saying A-rod is wrong.

    So some of you even like the Yankees and if not go to NESN.com and talk about how great Theo is with his run prevention program.

  130. George April 22nd, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    You can still be a Yankee fan and disapprove of an action by one of your players.

    Did people approve of A-Rod knocking the ball out of Arroyo’s hand?

    I’m not saying A-Rod was in the wrong here, but let’s not act like he is infailable and its always the other player’s fault.

  131. spark April 22nd, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    If a rule is:

    1) unwritten; and

    2) no one seems to know about it

    I question whether it is really a rule.

  132. Bronx Jeers April 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I’ll tell you one thing.

    The A-Rod contempt runs deep and is quick to re-surface at a moments notice.

    He’s just a man that plays a game.

    And how about that triple play! I finally saw it.

    Alex looked like a QB throwing a pass as he’s about to get shellacked.

    I love watching him play baseball.

  133. Bronx Born April 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    You have to wonder at the mentality of someone who roots for another team to come on to a Yankee blog and berate them. Is that like a death wish? I mean why would anyone take the time to do this unless they were rather ineffective in their own lives. Surely one could spend one’s time more profitably and more fun being with friends.

  134. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Lay low and don’t comment? Braden started it and all Alex did was respond. I’m so tired of the idea that the only way to respond to some idiot is to turn the other cheek, bite the bullet and whatever other terms you want to use to say that someone should just ignore something. Alex’s comment was very mild – and good for him anyway.

  135. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    No one said that George. People are talking about THIS incident.

  136. Nick in SF April 22nd, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Dallas Braden just vaulted ahead Aubrey Huff on the list of feared foes! :mad:

    I hope he’s still on the A’s in July! :evil:

  137. GreenBeret7 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I’ll bet if Rodriguez were a “true Yankee”, the holier-than-thous on here wouldn’t oipen their mouths. Get over your jealousies and pettiness.

  138. Grey 44 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    May not be fair, but A-Rod is always going to be compared to Jeter. Even Braden used that tactic today to insult A-Rod.

    You think Jeter would have played into the media’s hand with this war of words if this happened to him? No, because he is smart and knows how to go about his business.

    Frankly, A-Rod’s reaction doesn’t speak well of him either. Again, would Jeter have handled it the same way?

  139. Andrea April 22nd, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    What I REALLY love about A-Rod starting the triple play is how effortless he made the throw look. Whenever he throws he looks like he’s not even trying–but this throw was even more so.

  140. Bronx Born April 22nd, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Wow I just saw the triple play. That was some kind of baseball.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  141. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    “I’m not saying A-Rod was in the wrong here, but let’s not act like he is infailable and its always the other player’s fault”

    The problem is those that are assuming Arod did wrong here didn’t even see what Arod alleged to have done which is the problem I have with them.

  142. randy l. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    “Did people approve of A-Rod knocking the ball out of Arroyo’s hand?”

    not really, i thought he should have run him over.

  143. Pat M. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    m, I have the Lakers + 4 tonight…….

  144. Tim April 22nd, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    It has nothing to do with being Anti-ARod.
    Most people killed Posada for starting that brawl against Toronto last year so close to the postseason and he is a “true Yankee”, isn’t he?

  145. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    And you all thought WWJD meant What Would Jesus Do didn’t you? The J is for Jeter.

    Lets make it official. Anything Jeter wouldn’t do should simply be made illegal. I’m calling my Congressman right now so he can get on this.

    Stop the lame comparisons.

  146. GreenBeret7 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Oh, for Christ’s sake. Rodriguez didn’t “enter into a war of words”. he was asked a question and he had about a 6-7 word response.

  147. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    “Frankly, A-Rod’s reaction doesn’t speak well of him either. Again, would Jeter have handled it the same way”

    Get out here! Arod’s reaction was fine. He basically dismissed the whole situation with a few choice words for Braden.

  148. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    “I’m not saying A-Rod was in the wrong here, but let’s not act like he is infailable and its always the other player’s fault”

    The problem is those that are assuming Arod did wrong here didn’t even see what Arod alleged to have done which is the problem I have with them.

    ——-
    THANK YOU. I have yet to see it so I refuse to criticize or defend Alex.

  149. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Even if ARod was wrong, we are supposed to be Yankees fans.

    Not fans that are unbiased.

    We are supposed to be fans that are biased for our players, not against them.

    Tiresome and sickening.

  150. Yanks 77 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Congrats, A-Rod…. you have just given the media a story for tomorrow! Very charitable of him… there is nothing juicy about losing the last game of a series in a 2-hour game. Now though, A-Rod has given them an insignificant story to overanalyze. Nice guy, that A-Rod is :D

  151. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 22nd, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Arod is a smart man. He’s just using Chicago Thug Tactics.

  152. Erin April 22nd, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    randy l. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    “Did people approve of A-Rod knocking the ball out of Arroyo’s hand?”

    not really, i thought he should have run him over.

    *******************
    :lol:

    You sound like my dad-that’s what he always said.

  153. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) April 22nd, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    “not really, i thought he should have run him over.”

    You and me, both.

  154. CR9 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    The Rangers are making Buchholz look like a stud. Swinging over every one of his pitches.

  155. spark April 22nd, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    “Disappointed tha Alex didn’t take the high-road. If Braden was as insignificant as you made him out to be, why are you getting into a war of words with him?”

    Because I’m ARod and I have 4 MVPs, a WS Ring, and almost 600 jacks. Why should I take s**t off some guy who still has his bus ticket stub from AAA.

    Alex handled it just fine. like my clean up hitters with some cojones, thank you very much.

  156. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 22nd, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Andrea, not just the throw, but getting to third in the first place! This wasn’t just a ball hit right at him on the bag at third. He had to get there and then throw quickly and accurately. And then Cano had to do the same.

    Alex gave the credit to Cano – he said he “Hail Mary-ed” a throw to Cano” and then Cano turned it.

    Too bad on a day Alex started a play the Yankees haven’t seen in 42 years, there has to be this other story.

  157. GreenBeret7 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Grey 44 April 22nd, 2010 at 7:49 pm
    May not be fair, but A-Rod is always going to be compared to Jeter. Even Braden used that tactic today to insult A-Rod.

    You think Jeter would have played into the media’s hand with this war of words if this happened to him? No, because he is smart and knows how to go about his business.

    Frankly, A-Rod’s reaction doesn’t speak well of him either. Again, would Jeter have handled it the same way?

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Posts like this don’t say much for the poster, either. This has nothing to do with Jeter. The way jeter has been hitting fot the last three games, he hasn’t been on first base enough to know which way to run.

  158. Nick in SF April 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Arod can make amends if he sends Braden an autographed cravat.

  159. Pat M. April 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    This is getting to much play or air time or blog time…….One thing is for certain, Dallas Braden’s picture and name will get bold print for 24 hours….Then he slips back into obscurity….Unless of couse he’s still in the Bigs when the A’s come to the Stadium…..

  160. Killa Cali April 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Leave the war of words to clowns like K-Rod and Bruney

    You are better than that, Alex. The guy is not a blip on your radar. No need to even acknowledge him.

  161. spark April 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    The Rangers stink and it’s only a matter of time before their coke-head manager his shown the door.

    I’m watching yesterday’s game. The Rangers are down 5-4 after having a 4 run lead. It’s the 4th inning. Rangers have a runner on 1st, no outs, top of the order up. They sacrifice bunt him over.

    You don’t play for 1 run in the 4th inning in Fenway Park?!!? Ridiculous!

  162. MTS April 22nd, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) says:
    April 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm
    So every player in baseball knows every rule? Alex is dumb, lol.
    __________________
    ARod is dumb. He used steroids and claimed they were legal in the DR. I forgave him but he is not a smart man.

  163. jennifer April 22nd, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    The A’s pitcher obviously has some anger issues.

  164. GreenBeret7 April 22nd, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    You can bet one thing. The next time Braden sees Rodriguez, he’ll be more than happy to see him cross back over the mound instead of circling the bases. I honestly think the thing that set Braden off was the swing Rodriguez had on that single. If it had been in the air, it would have been in the seats.

  165. Bronx Jeers April 22nd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    And it is kind of funny how Braden brings up Jeter.

    Do you really think Jeter wouldn’t just brush it off in the postgame? Of course he would.

  166. Tom in N.J. April 22nd, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    How many Arods can fit on a pitchers mound?

  167. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 22nd, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Too bad on a day Alex started a play the Yankees haven’t seen in 42 years, there has to be this other story.

    *******************************************************************

    True. It really is too bad. That triple play was a thing of beauty.

  168. RS April 22nd, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Actually, if Jeter had done the same thing, I don’t think Braden would have had the guts to call him out…

  169. Bronx Jeers April 22nd, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I’m just disappointed Alex didn’t call him “Brandon” :wink:

  170. tala08 April 22nd, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Every time he called Arroyo Brandon I cracked up. Every time.

  171. Jeremy April 22nd, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Why do people compare Jeter to Arod. They are two different players in terms of ability. Arod is one of the best in the game. But in reality Arod is a better player than Jeter. I am a big Jeter fan but he doesn’t have the ability to put up the numbers that Arod can. And Jeter is a great player.

  172. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 22nd, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I was wondering where you had been, jennifer. Hadn’t seen you around since i’d started posting again. :-)

  173. Pat M. April 22nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Nick in SF……I’m certain this will get lots of play in the Bay Area…….As Braden said, The A’s are no longer the Doormats of the league…….As for Alex’s respones to the hoard of media and their questions, what was he suppose to say ???? I still enjoyed the way he just waved Braden of with his hand as Braden was screaming the Queen’s English for all to hear……

  174. antisocial scrooge April 22nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    new thread.

  175. Jeremy April 22nd, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    The comparisons between Jeter and Arod are stupid. The fans and the media just want to create an issue. It doesn’t matter what A-rod does. He could help win this team win 5 world series in a row and the fans and media will still hate him.

  176. upstate kate April 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Just got to see the triple play on the YES encore…WOW. Loved Kenny’s call, he was so excited.

  177. Rose - Mo=Greatness+Class April 22nd, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Alex/Braden – much ado about nothing.

    ———————————————————–

    Does anyone think Cashman will go to Citi field to give Melky his ring? He went there to give Nady his ring.

  178. ??? April 22nd, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    A-Rod >>>> Jeter

    A-Rod is a better ballplayer not even close. I am glad I dont see A-Rod hug and laugh everytime he is on base with Pedroia and Youkillis.

  179. Drive 4 - 6 April 22nd, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Early in the radio broadcast Waldman was talking about how Braden said he used to be a “wild child”. I guess now he’s just a child, period. She gushed about his screwball. Turns out, the child is a screwball himself.

    A Rod avoided the throw by turning towards the outside of the baseline. The inning was over after the throw to first.When did it become against any rules of etiquette to run across the mound at the end of an inning? Perhaps the next guy who slides into 3rd base ought to opologize to the 3rd baseman and smooth out the dirt.

    A Rod had done a lot of stuff that makes you shake your head. This isnt one of them and real Yankee fans ought to have his back when he’s unjustly acused.

  180. Gardner in CF April 22nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    About a minute into the clip Braden says “it’s over and done with as far as I’m concerned” but the rant goes on for 4 more minutes!

  181. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 22nd, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    ??? April 22nd, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    A-Rod >>>> Jeter

    A-Rod is a better ballplayer not even close. I am glad I dont see A-Rod hug and laugh everytime he is on base with Pedroia and Youkillis.
    ====

    It’s called friendship. They’re ballplayers.

    Why do I bother?

  182. Ryan April 22nd, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I’m thinking Dallas was one of those kids that got a trophy for coming in last. I hope he can handle coming in last for his career. As he was whining in the dugout Alex should have gone over and spit some sunflower seed shells on the mound. Too many pansies.

    Let’s go A-Rod!

  183. Bob April 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    The Yankees are the best organization in baseball. A-Rod is a punk. If they ban Pete Rose they should ban cheats like a-rod.

  184. Tall April 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Would Don Mattingly, Mickey Mantle, Craig Nettles, Roger Maris, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Willie Randolph, Babe Ruth and on and on have crossed the pitcher’s mound? Braden isn’t going to Cooperstown. But he is a competitor and he is right.

  185. Mr. C. April 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    the Pitcher stands on the mound, the catcher stands on the mound and the rest of the infield stands on the mound at certain times, is Dallas going to get mad each and every time one of his team mates steps on the mound. LOL. What a cry baby. Go tell your mommy maybe she will take care of it for you.

  186. Nick April 22nd, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Good for Braden!
    Stand up for yourself man! The rest of the country is f’n sick of the Yankees and the billions of dollars they are able to spend on these pricks b’cause of no salary cap. Not a fan of the A’s, but I just gained a whole lot of respect for that act!!

  187. Luis April 22nd, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Dallas said, “I got his attention right?” I don’t think so, he (A-Rod) was to busy laughing!!! WOW, way to motivate your team buddy.

  188. Mr. C. April 22nd, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Unwritten law? If it is not in black and white these days it means NOTHING. All you Yankee bashers are just Jealous that your owners won’t spend the money the Steinbrenners do to get the team they want. If you have it to use then use it, if not then just shut up and quit your whinning.

  189. jim April 22nd, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    It is an unwritten rule in baseball, like don’t tip off signs to a batter on another team in a blowout so he can get a meaningless hit…which ARod did in Texas.

    ARod then says the guy only has a handful of wins in his career? Gee, that’s classy. Only respect the players in the game you feel like respecting? Respect the game ARod.

    This is why everyone not a blindly loyal Yankees fan hates you. I’ve been a Red Sox fan my whole life and would never ever boo Jeter. Or many other guys on that team…Posada, CC, Rivera…those are legends who do it right. I admire them. ARod is just a jerk and a roids cheat.

  190. Mugsy April 22nd, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Who’s Dallas Braden? He’s the guy who just beat you, the Stinkees should offer him 15 million per in a couple of years. Now quit whining and get back to reminiscing about the biggest Chokes in sports history, your 2004 NY Yankees.

  191. chris April 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Anyone who has played organized baseball past the age of 12 knows that you don’t run across the mound when a play is dead, in between innings, etc. unless you’re a pitcher. AROD is a retard. And if he really stepped on the rubber, it was clearly meant to be an insult to Braden. These are things that any pitcher would take offense too. If one of the A’s would have done the same thing to CC, the next batter would have gotten a fastball in the ear hole. Go Rays!

  192. t bone April 22nd, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Talented, very. Jerky, top of the list. I don’t care how good the guy is, A Rod is an a hole.

  193. Chris April 22nd, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t see Arod doing anything wrong! Foul Ball shortcut to first would be across the pitchers mound Braden’s just jealous of AROD !!

  194. Joel Friedman April 22nd, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    This is not the first incident involving ARoid and baseball’s unwritten rules. Slapped a ball out of pitcher’s glove and plead innocence, called a defensive player off a pop up and plead innocence, and now runs over mound while pitcher is on the field and pleads innocence. He should please ignorance because he is one arrogant, ignorant SOB. Of course Yankee fans defend this punk, they are exactly like him, ARROGANT IGNORANT SOB”S.

  195. Matt April 22nd, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Laura……………It is obvious you know nothing about baseball. What have you been doing for 40 years? Johnson got 4 balls. I think he is up at the plate trying to get a hit, I would have a tough time believing he wasn’t. However if he gets 4 balls, by rule has to take first base. I suppose you would rather him swing at one of those balls? That sounds like a great idea, lets have all the players swing at balls. Their average will shoot sky high swing at balls wont it? your retarded Laura!!! If you get 4 balls you get 4 balls, you pass the bat and take your base. Players step in the batters box to HIT STRIKES not balls!!!!!

  196. millano April 22nd, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I’m a little bothered by A-rods actions and comments after today’s game. First, if a guy has a problem with you running across his mound and nearly bumping him, simply acknowledge your mistake, that is if it was simply a mistake. Second, is Mr. Rodriguez so arrogant that in order to address him one must be in a class such as he? My career is that of a fireman. I treat all people with the upmost respect that they deserve. If I make a mistake in judgment and offend someone, I will not hesitate to listen and apologize if need be. My apology will not be based on the person’s status, royalty, greatness etc… It is no wonder that he receives the criticism he does. Disagree if you must, but don’t think so highly of yourself that you look down on those that aren’t in your high class.

  197. DenshaOtoko April 22nd, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    You know…he (Braden) is just very fortunate that he didn’t pull that crap in the era of Bill Skowron, or Hank Bauer. I can imagine that old Dallas would be eating his steak through a straw right about now. Hey, I am no A-Rod fan…but this kid better pay some dues before he runs his yap about some arcane non-rule. Hell, Tony Kubek could have taken this kid out. If the guy had any semblance of credibility, that would be one thing, but…Jeez. Now, about disrespect. I can remember some tall lanky guy named Nolan Ryan…nice guy. I can remember someone thinking he could take our Mr. Ryan out…8 punches later…that was settled. Nolan’s uniform and mouth were covered with blood. Do you know what Nolan did? He wound up and pitched to the next batter. He didn’t run his mouth and throw his glove…he took care of business and got back to the game. This Dallas clown would’ve texted his attorney. What a major tool. I heard there was a new Dallas Braden bobblehead doll out…you wind him up, he folds, and goes crying home to Mama. Walk on, tool!

  198. DenshaOtoko April 22nd, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    …and you have gotta love ol’ Dallas’ post-game. Am I wrong, or did he go on for 6:00 about how it was now in the past? LOL

  199. Not a Yankees Fan April 22nd, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    You tell him Braden.

    I’m sure A-Rod also “didn’t know” about the rules about you’re not supposed to do steroids…Cheater.

  200. DenshaOtoko April 22nd, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I love the way Braden said he couldn’t throw 95mph, so this is how he sent his “message.” Yeah, Dallas, if you can’t bring the “chin music,” nothing like a little “mouth music,” eh?

  201. ben April 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    “Matsui never deserved to be thrown under the bus for a knee problem that he bravely worked through. He is a warrior and Cash needs to be called out for his lack of vision for 2010. Losing him was like a death to the family and can’t be let go. Look at NJ: pasty, mentally weakened by a long stay in the NL. After the season, Cash needs to apologize to Hidecki, Japan, and the NYY fans. He will not be forgiven until that day.”

    Please tell me this is a joke.

  202. nathan w April 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    The move Arod made was completely disrespectful and Dallas Braden had every right to chew his ass out as any player with the talent to make it to the majors should garner the respect of all their peers. Alex may be a hall of famer but if he honestly states he had no clue what he was doing, he’s a completel fool that just lost any shred of respect I had left for him.On the flip side, I commend Braden and all of a sudden respect the hell out of a guy that recognizes the right way to play baseball

  203. DenshaOtoko April 22nd, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Yo Nate. You want to quote me chapter and verse on that “rule?” I can’t seem to find it. Is it a ground rule for Oakland? Like I said…there are ways to send a message as a pitcher…he just doesn’t have the sausage in his package to do it. Now, if this is an actual rule of MLB or a ground rule in Oakland, I will gladly rescind my remarks…but I don’t think you can produce such a rule.

  204. JimboSoxFan April 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    A-Rod is a great askerisk cheating player…no-doubt. But he’s no class act on or off the field. He’s a horse’s ass. I.E. trying to knock ball out of fielders glove 2004 ACLS, shouting at a 3B as he tried to catch a foul ball, and now this stunt.
    And I would say the same if the players union had not blocked his trade to BOS and had he performed these same shenanigans as a Red Sox player.

  205. DenshaOtoko April 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Well, I’m out…but if he’d pulled this crap in the 50s or the 60s, he’d be sucking on ice chips right about now. Bob Gibson or Drysdale would have “made a point” far more effectively…but this kid don’t pack the goods.

  206. AAAA's April 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    The seeming knee jerk defense of A-Rod by some here is laughable. I was at the game. I respect and admire many Yankee players. And I adore Nicky Swisher! ;-)

    As things unfolded, it looked to me like A-Rod was doing his A-Rod thing as he went back over to first and appeared to deliberately drag his foot across the pitchers toe hole on the mound.

    Braden called him out on his petty “gamesmanship”.

    When A-Rod was asked about the incident after the game he feigned ignorance (kinda like when he slapped the ball out of the Arroyo’s hand in the ALCS and pretended that he had done nothing wrong…LOL!) Anyway, A-Rod knows exactly what he was doing out there, he was trying to phuck with Braden and Braden called him on it.

    Interesting that when Braden was asked about the incident he had nothing but high praise for the Yankees players & the entire organization. He was very complimentary. He took exception to ONE player’s actions, period. When A-rod was asked about the incident he responded in almost the opposite manner, referring to Braden in a condescending manner…makes A-Rod come across as petty and small, not the other way around.

    BTW, nice triple play by A-Rod. thankfully Suzuki, who hit into the triple play, got a three run jack of Sabathia in the first…exactly one year to the day that he hit a three run jack of Sabathia in Yankee Stadium…

  207. Derrick April 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Somebody get this guy a picket fence, a rocking chair and hickory switch so he can sit on “his” mound and chase the no-account youngin’s away.

  208. Eric April 22nd, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    People don’t give Arod the credit he deserves for his clever breaking of the so called “unwritten rules”. If they’re unwritten, then they’re not rules. Remember when he distracted the 3rd basemen, (Toronto) I think, on an infield popup? How bout when he knocked the ball out of the first basemen’s hand on a groundout? He crossed the mound to get Braden rattled PERIOD. A little dirty some may say….but that’s Arod. Always looking to make a play. Most of his antics are harmless and comical but at the end of the day, he’s gonna be a hall of famer. People hate him because he’s great and he’s a Yankee.

  209. AAAA's April 22nd, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    “People hate him because he’s great and he’s a Yankee.”

    Nah. I didn’t care for him when he was with Seattle or Texas.

    On the other hand I am a big fan of Rivera, Jeter, Posada, Teixeira, Swisher and Sabathia…so I don’t think that qualifies me as a Yankee “hater”.

    A-Rod is a putz. Always has been, always will be.

  210. Erik April 22nd, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    A-Rod is a d-bag, and a bad apple. Everyone knows it, including NYY fans. The only reason he gets a pass in NY is because he finally came through in the post-season and helped win another title after a long drought. And those of you who can’t figure out how Braden would have been on the mound during the mound incident please learn how to read. It was on a foul ball before the inning ending dp.

  211. dan April 23rd, 2010 at 12:08 am

    a-rod is a steroid using, corked bat, self centered, womanizing scumbag. he knew exactly what he was doing. he is a f***ing c**t!

  212. Brian April 23rd, 2010 at 12:16 am

    signs and symbols rule the world. I think it goes w/out saying that you don’t run across the mound. That’s just courtesy. ‘Course if you wanna make a statement… Rodriguez may think it’s funny, but that’s the point of pushing buttons…that and rattling someone. If that’s the case it didn’t help.

  213. Sky April 23rd, 2010 at 12:17 am

    ummmm…..I am thinking the word “CRYBABY”.

    go home to oakland and try to earn the respect because you do not get it just because you think you should…..there’s an unwritten rule for you son !

  214. Erik April 23rd, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Hey Sky. Hate to break it to you, but they are in Oakland………son.

  215. Sky April 23rd, 2010 at 12:28 am

    go home stay home fly home drive home whatever….back to mama you got the point or perhaps you are another crybaby too…..get over it already….if the pitcher can’t handle the big leagues then he should go back to peewee ball or something maybe throwing rocks at little girls. he did nothing but run his mouth and don’t have the gonads to bust a grape…..even if he owned a vinyard.

  216. Erik April 23rd, 2010 at 12:33 am

    he did nothing but outpitch your rotund cy young candidate, but i guess that’s beside the point huh?

  217. Scott April 23rd, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Look…the very basis of this respect issue can’t be decided by anybody who HASN’T played baseball for an extended amount of time, AND knows a great deal about it. Just because a player is a first ballot Hall of Famer, it doesn’t qualify him to be exempt from respecting the unspoken rules of the game. The fact that he claims not to know about this “rule” is absurd, in and of itself. If the Yankees organization is such a classy club, then it should teach its players to respect and honor the game and its traditions. Furthermore, I rather enjoy that a young guy from Oakland has the balls to call out ANYBODY. It speaks to HIS respect for the game, which I’m enjoying a lot more right now than a guy who’s brazenly cheated on his wife, used steroids, and now breaks a longtime secret rule. He can rot in his pinstripes for all I care. Good luck NOT having an asterisk next to your name in the Hall, buddy. I’m out.

  218. Scott April 23rd, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Look…the very basis of this respect issue can’t be decided by anybody who HASN’T played baseball for an extended amount of time, AND knows a great deal about it. Just because a player is a first ballot Hall of Famer, it doesn’t qualify him to be exempt from respecting the unspoken rules of the game. The fact that he claims not to know about this “rule” is absurd, in and of itself. If the Yankees organization is such a classy club, then it should teach its players to respect and honor the game and its traditions. Furthermore, I rather enjoy that a young guy from Oakland has the balls to call out ANYBODY. It speaks to HIS respect for the game, which I’m enjoying a lot more right now than a guy who’s brazenly cheated on his wife, used steroids, and now breaks a longtime secret rule. He can rot in his pinstripes for all I care. Good luck NOT having an asterisk next to your name in the Hall, buddy. I’m out.

  219. J. April 23rd, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I read all the posts before I wrote this. I believe if this play happened 70 years ago, when baseball was truly America’s game, when players, excuse the cliche and the quote, “for the love of the game”, then this would have been a problem. One of the all time greatest ball players of all time, Ty Cobb, was infamous for sharpening his STEEL cleats before he each game. As a base stealer, 2nd bag was his, and if you weren’t ready for it, you would get the steel right in your chest. Cobb took the game seriously. I have coached youth baseball and high school level ball. One of the things I always coached the kids was to respect your opponent. If you ask any high school ball player today they will tell you that a batter should never run across a pitchers mound, the same as never stepping on the first base side chalk line. It’s disrespectful, and it’s bad luck. Braden seems to be an old school ball player and that’s exactly what MLB needs more of, NOT millionaire ball players who would like to think they can do whatever it is they want because they have some high profile status. So yes. Congrats. to Dallas Braden for standing up and defending not only his mound, but also the respect and love of what use to be America’s game. Other players around the league should take notice.

  220. J. April 23rd, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Great post Scott. I’m with ya.

  221. dean April 23rd, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Dallas Braden is a dumbass. Getting all fired up in a week 3 game. Moron

  222. Ralph April 23rd, 2010 at 12:55 am

    “Remember when he distracted the 3rd basemen, (Toronto) I think, on an infield popup? How bout when he knocked the ball out of the first basemen’s hand on a groundout? He crossed the mound to get Braden rattled PERIOD.

    Thanks for those excellent examples of Arod’s lack of class, disrespect for the game and disrespect for his opponents. Great players don’t need to pull that sh*t. Arod reminds me of an assh*ole little leager with that kind of behavior. He could learn a lot from guys like Jeter. I would never want my kid to idolize a guy like Arod.

  223. millano April 23rd, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Eric with a c, a-rod shouldn?t need to resort to those “antics”! He plays on the most uneven playing field in sports period! With a $200,000,000 payroll, they?ve again bought another WS title!

  224. bacyommuter April 23rd, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Braden comes from a bad family situation in the meth capital of Stockton, acknowledges he’d be in jail if not rescued by a foster mom. He is extremely tough, pitched sick today, pitched last year after taking a line drive off his hand, cannot feel two toes because of an infection last year that he ignored. Not to be racist, but you don’t see many like him among white players. He probably would enjoy getting in a fistfight with A-Rod, especially since A-Rod did the whole ballplayer social class thing with him.

  225. R April 23rd, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I have played the game of baseball for over 20 years and follow it regularly. I tend to believe I know more than almost anyone else when it comes to the game, including the “unwritten rules”. Never have I heard to not step on the mound. Not once. Am I in the minority here??

  226. realityCheck April 23rd, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Bottom line…A-Roid is a cheater and has always been an egotistical a-hole….NOT a Hall of Famer.

  227. Mr. Rowe April 23rd, 2010 at 1:10 am

    What a baby, who the he’ll does he think he is. Your nobody go coach your kids baseball team and protect that mound from disrepect.

  228. DMAN April 23rd, 2010 at 1:13 am

    That dude needs mental help. I mean really, WAY WAY WAY over reaction. The guy didnt rape your grandma cheif, he ran across a baseball mound. Build a bridge and get over it.

  229. millano April 23rd, 2010 at 1:19 am

    A-rot in the hall? When pigs fly! He has as much chance as McGwire, Clemens, Sosa, Palmero etc…

  230. A's for life April 23rd, 2010 at 1:36 am

    yankee fans r a joke so is A-roid

  231. yankees suckk April 23rd, 2010 at 1:37 am

    hey erin and mackenzie u know nothing about baseball so stfu A-roid is the biggest piece of sh!t in the league and dallas braden (a starting pitcher on the A’s for the girls who dont know) pretty much just owned him!!!! GO A’S!!!!

  232. braden April 23rd, 2010 at 1:39 am

    who is braden? Hes the pitcher who shut you down today, hes 3 and 0, get used to hearing his name.

  233. Ediggity April 23rd, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Its typical A-Rod… few years ago he is running out a pop up in Toronto and screams at the 3rd baseman so he drops the ball.. The guy has no morals in his personal life, disrecpected baseball with his steroids, which he lied about and got caught. Cheated on his wife and probably is still taking HGH for all we know. He has no character and no clue and I have no respect for this idiot. I can’t believe I am going to say this, but I think I liked Barry Bonds more lol. About time someone went off on this clown and put him in his place

  234. Go Tigers! Go Tigers! April 23rd, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I’m not sure if it is an unwritten rule or a players’ superstition, but ask yourself just how many tomes have you seen a baserunner cross the mound during an inning? Answer: almost never. Then ask yourself how many times you’ve seen fielders heading back to the dugout cross the mound after making the third out to end the half-inning? Answer: Again, almost never, even when a fielder drops off the game ball near the mound for the opposing pitcher to grab. My conclusion: A-roid was acting more like a flaming hem-roid and trying to piss off Braden. And the beauty of the situation is the A’s answered as a team the best way they could — they beat the Yankees!

  235. steve tejada April 23rd, 2010 at 2:00 am

    A-rod has no business on the mound or the rubber.Its funny to see how much he has changed.from when he first started playing a respectful,humble,player.to someone who has compleatly forgotten were he came from.Well at least till his time in the game is up.

  236. Joah April 23rd, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Yes! i love you Dallas Braden
    he reacted just as he should have A-Fraud should have known better,wait i think he did but just wanted to be an ass and walk across the mound anyway it is a big as ballpark no matter which ball park it is.That mound did NOT have to be stepped on by that over rated jack ass and that’s just it,he has no business there and never will.He tries everything in his power to silently try and tick of opposing players and sadly succeeds,but i enjoyed what Dallas said on the whole subject.

  237. mike April 23rd, 2010 at 2:35 am

    aroid is talking trash about a “guy who only one a handful of games in his career”?!! thats a cheapshot, and braden is still very young with years ahead of him. if alex wants to stoop to that level of trashtalking, then all braden needs to do is say “you did steroids, you cheater. you cheating cheater who cheats. youll be kept out of the HOF you cheater.” something along those lines

  238. a roid is a puss April 23rd, 2010 at 2:41 am

    ive never liked a roid…ive always known hes done steroids he doesnt deserve to be in the hall of fame i think they should suspend him forever to make the game better yankee fans r the biggest pile of sh!t ever but i was wondering if all yankee fans are japanese??? And women know nothing about baseball or any sport in a matter of fact

  239. los April 23rd, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Eric with a c, a-rod shouldn?t need to resort to those “antics”! He plays on the most uneven playing field in sports period! With a $200,000,000 payroll, they?ve again bought another WS title!

    Resort to antics?? Had whatever his name is, not thrown a temper tantrum at the end of the inning this would not even be a discussion. No one would have cared or even noticed that A Rod crossed the mound. Get a grip.
    Was it an uneven playing field when the Yanks didn’t win it all the last few years? It was ok then. You have to invest money to make money. If you had a business and knew that if you invested money in it your returns would be great, would you do it? No, you probably wouldn’t.

  240. d man April 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 am

    who are you get more than ahandful of wins hammerhead

  241. los April 23rd, 2010 at 2:55 am

    ive never liked a roid…ive always known hes done steroids he doesnt deserve to be in the hall of fame i think they should suspend him forever to make the game better yankee fans r the biggest pile of sh!t ever but i was wondering if all yankee fans are japanese??? And women know nothing about baseball or any sport in a matter of fact

    Yes, lets suspend all the players forever that have done steroids…….wait a minute…you just want arod out of the game. I guess if we got rid of everyone that did steroids there would be many left to keep it competitive. By the way, i want too add to your pile of sh!t list. The doctor that delivered you and the person that raised you.

  242. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 2:58 am

    @los: “Resort to antics?? Had whatever his name is, not thrown a temper tantrum at the end of the inning this would not even be a discussion. No one would have cared or even noticed that A Rod crossed the mound. Get a grip.”

    I beg to differ.

    A) It’s probably a pretty short list of players who might even consider pulling a stunt like A-Rod did in Oaktown today.

    B) The ONLY reason the kerfuffle is getting this ridiculous amount of coverage is because it involves the Yankees in general, and more specifically because it involves A-Rod.

    What melodrama.

  243. Jo April 23rd, 2010 at 2:59 am

    All i hear is QQ from Braden, “please some on pay attetion to a nobody like me!”. Good career ahead of him or not, you just dont talk like that with no record to back it up. Do the time and work if you want to get respected not cry about it. If A-Rod did do it on purpose to get him mad then he did just what he wanted when Braden said something about it. He jus sounds like a crying baby that wants attetion cause he cant get it with the way he plays.

  244. los April 23rd, 2010 at 3:02 am

    I beg to differ.

    A) It’s probably a pretty short list of players who might even consider pulling a stunt like A-Rod did in Oaktown today.

    B) The ONLY reason the kerfuffle is getting this ridiculous amount of coverage is because it involves the Yankees in general, and more specifically because it involves A-Rod.

    What melodrama.

    I’m sure if you were at the game today and whats his name didn’t throw a temper tantrum you would have jumped out of your seat and pointed out arod for crossing the mound. As I said earlier, GET A GRIP

  245. a roid is a puss April 23rd, 2010 at 3:05 am

    hey los were u raped as a child?

  246. los April 23rd, 2010 at 3:06 am

    yes by ur mom

  247. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 3:18 am

    @Jo: “He jus sounds like a crying baby that wants attetion cause he cant get it with the way he plays.”

    Braden is 3-0 (+1 ND) and in his 26 innings of work this season he has allowed 8ER’s, has 2.73 ERA, 18 K’s, 5 BB’s and a WHiP .80.

    My bet is he’s going to be getting plenty of attention soon enough.

  248. A Rod is a cry baby April 23rd, 2010 at 3:23 am

    All you A Rod fans need to grow up. He’s been in the league for years and don’t know what respect is. He’s an over rated player with no class what so ever. When he first became a Yankee, you all hated him because he caused all that drama with Jeter (who has way more class then he does). Now that he’s learn to play nice with Jeter, you all defend him. What a joke!!! A Rod has no respect for anyone but yet he wants respect. Going over the pitcher’s mound is disrespecting the pitcher no matter how you see it. If this was to happened to CC and he threw a fit about it. Everyone will be all for it because it’s coming for a well known team, yet it’s not okay for a smaller team to react this way……I can see what a one way street you people who support what A rod did was right. You go Braden!!!!

  249. DMAN April 23rd, 2010 at 3:26 am

    AAAA yea cause 3 good starts makes a career, hes a white trash dirt bag and so are A’s fans

  250. Jo April 23rd, 2010 at 3:27 am

    @ AAAAA, thats fine i dont think that he is bad or anything i just think that he should learn to keep his mouth shut till he actually makes a name for himself, all the truely great pitchers talk with there arms. If he felt he was being direspted then obviously he hasnt done enough to earn respect.

  251. DMAN April 23rd, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Arod can piss all over your ballpark if he feels like, A’s are pathetic and so are their fans

  252. DMAN April 23rd, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Braden takes it in the brown eye

  253. millano April 23rd, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Keep your heads in the sand! A-fraud did nothing wrong, he’s a man of integraty right? He never used steroids, right? yea right!

  254. DMAN April 23rd, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I dont really care if he did, I went to a world series game last year. It was the 4th one I have been to, keep your integrity homo. Well keep winning championship and you fagets keep winning merrit badges

  255. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 3:38 am

    @Jo: “@ AAAA['s], thats fine i dont think that he is bad or anything i just think that he should learn to keep his mouth shut till he actually makes a name for himself, all the truely great pitchers talk with there arms. If he felt he was being direspted then obviously he hasnt done enough to earn respect.”

    So A-rod gets a free pass to behave like a putz – over & over again – because he has “made a name for himself”?

    Braden called A-rod on his “gamesmanship” plain & simple, and evidently A-Rod STILL hasn’t learned how to be a stand up guy and say “whoops, my bad” when called on his antics.

    Oh, and I don’t believe one has to have “made a name for himself” in order to call someone out on breeches of protocol while on the field.

  256. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 3:43 am

    @DMAN: “I dont really care if he did, I went to a world series game last year. It was the 4th one I have been to, keep your integrity homo. Well keep winning championship and you fagets keep winning merrit badges”

    Representin’ the finest of the Yankee fan base, I see. Wear those pinstripes proudly.

  257. Respecting the Game April 23rd, 2010 at 3:53 am

    All you so call baseball fans out there that support A Rod for what he did has no respect for the game. This is suppose to be an All American Sport. If this was to happen years ago, they would have kick him out of the game for disrespecting the game. I thought baseball was about respect and the love of the game, boy what is this world coming to when you allow a high paying player to disrespect the game and all it’s player. No class what so ever. If any of you think I am a Yankee hater you are wrong because I rooted for them in the World Series. It all boiled down to respect of the game and it’s player which something A Rod has no concern for. What a shame that kids look up to him.

  258. Sherri April 23rd, 2010 at 4:21 am

    A-Rod’s a punk, and everyone knows it. A talented punk, yes….but a punk nonetheless. Of course, he did that on purpose. It’s just something that he WOULD do, and Yankee fans know it. I’m not a fan of either team, but again….A-Rod’s just a completely fake, disrespectful punk. Period.

  259. E-Lard April 23rd, 2010 at 4:22 am

    A-Rod is a worthless tool, isn’t that obvious by now?? Have all of you Yankees fans sold your souls to the devil to actually root for these fruits?? “Real Yankees” were guys like Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius; not the overpaid hacks they have now. What a bunch of phony pieces of sh..

    FYI Yankees fans: CC = ChokeChoke. He always loses in Oakland, he sucks and can pitch in front of his hometown people. Remember how he folded against Cliff Lee in the WS? I bet most of you Yankee D-Bags have no idea where he is from, anyway…(Yeah uh…New Jersey?? DERP!!)

    g

  260. E-Lard April 23rd, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Oh, BTW. Girardi is a complete invalid for batting Jeter and Johnson 1 and 2 (respectively) and batting Granderson 7th. Idiots!

    Anyone who knows anything about baseball knows that Granderson is a legit 1 or 2 hitter over those overater losers – HANDS DOWN.

  261. don April 23rd, 2010 at 5:12 am

    alex has always been one of my favorite players,But I have known about this unwritten rule since I was in little league and I bet every other player on both benches knew about it too.Alex should have been aware of it too or was he.On the other hand Braden over reacted and should have more discipline than that.Even if he didnt know about the unwritten rule it was still very disrespectful and I thnk he knew that………

  262. Tim April 23rd, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Alex, get a clue and learn some respect for the game. Everyone who’s played with this guy knows he’s a clown that just doesn’t get it.

  263. Marc Lugo April 23rd, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Dallas Braden needs to stfu.

    I don’t care if Arod did it on purpose. For the sake of argument lets say that Arod IS a huge A-hole. He’s still OUR(Yankees fans) ahole! He could do whatever he want within reason as long as he plays like a lion in between the lines. Arod has already proven that. Arod IS a Yankee.

  264. J RITT April 23rd, 2010 at 6:33 am

    A roid is a joke. Yankees fans are so high on his nuts… the guy is an idiot. Hes played baseball for a longtime and still doesnt know that. You’d never see Jeter do that. Typical Yankees fans here… Nobody ever does wrong

  265. RRM April 23rd, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Rodriguez should have known better supposed superstar PED boy, cheating, lying, waste of space that he is.

    He is a relection on the fan base of NY thinking they are better than everyone else. If i had been pitching or next time i pitch to him i am drilling him right between the headlights.

  266. Oakland Fan April 23rd, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Greetings Yankee fans. I was at the game on Weds. night. Very competitive and close game. Did not make it out to the Thurs. day game. However, like any decent fan, I listen all the games on the radio. Just know this, regardless of what you tell yourselves and how you believe players like A Rod to be freekin ambassadors, there is much disdain for players like him outside of your circles. Long story short, there is history between the Yanks and the A’s. We always have to go through either you guys or the Wild Card, the Sox. So every game against the Yankees is going to be a hard fought effort with plenty of tension and intensity coming from our team and fans. Been an A’s fan since 1973. And btw, we are looking forward to playing your division leaders, the Rays, this Fall in the playoffs. Wishing you the worst of luck.

  267. Brian Koch April 23rd, 2010 at 7:35 am

    How could Rodriquez say one minute he never heard of it…and then add especially from a guy with a handful of wins in his career. How do you especially never hear of something? Either you have heard of it, or you don’t consider it relevant hearing about it from a rookie. I don’t remember, is his response to the question, did you cross the mound? How do you not remember? And if you don’t remember crossing the mound, then how do you remember the whole exchange. How do you think its funny if you don’t realize he is talking to you? What a narcissistic prima donna.

    Baseball ediquette says don’t cross the mound.

  268. mb April 23rd, 2010 at 8:06 am

    “The guy was tasting himself too long to apologize,” he said.
    I love my A’s….
    Dallas might be my new favorite…
    Mad respect for the Yankees, though….
    Except the Taster…
    Maybe his new nickname could be “sommelier”? or master taster?
    A’s- birthplace of Reggie…

  269. Marc April 23rd, 2010 at 8:35 am

    This isn’t the first time Arod acted immaturely. I’m sure he was aware of the etiquette not to cross the mound. Remember when he yelled “drop it” to the infielder? He also flailed his arms at the first baseman during the playoff that time? Talented, yes…Baby, yes.

  270. randy l. April 23rd, 2010 at 8:46 am

    nice of all you a’s fans to show up on a yankee blog.

    i can tell from your posts that you’re not that smart, but there’s been a new post up for about 12 hours.

    it’s kind of complicated though, you have to click on The LoHud Yankees Blog at the top of the page.

    try stretching yourself.

    you can do it.

  271. Rayski April 23rd, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Braden is absolutely right. If it was a different situation, different players or a different time, it might have been a fight. Whether you are a a NY fan, or A-Rod fan, you cant defend his actions by looking at his or Bradens stature. He was wrong and deserves to get unbraided for it.

  272. James April 23rd, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Let’s see, arth quakes, Volcano desamating europe, economy in free fall, I think Mr. Braden best read some new’s of the world…A-Rod crossing the pitchers mound…”rediculous”

  273. Tom L. April 23rd, 2010 at 9:15 am

    A-rod has always been Bush league. Slapping at Arroyo, calling “i got it!! I got it!” while running the bases after a pop up. Of course he doesn’t know about any of the unwritten baseball etiquette because he is too busy looking in the mirror saying “Enough about me….what do you think of me?”. If Youkilis did the same thing to Sabathia there would probably have been an on field brawl. The number of career wins that Braden has shouldn’t matter. He is only 26 and has been pitching great this season………maybe he has a couple of good years and the Yankees will go out and grab him.

  274. DAB April 23rd, 2010 at 9:15 am

    A-Rod was wrong here, that was a show of disrespect, I,m glad he got called out, i,m sure he won,t do it again

  275. Matt April 23rd, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wow, Braden through a fit like a little girl. I wish this sort of stuff would happen more often, it would almost make baseball interesting enough to watch.

  276. Chris April 23rd, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I applaud Braden having pride for his team and his home playing field. It was disrespectful on Rodriguez’s part to not walk AROUND the pitcher’s mound. That would be like somebody cutting through a person’s office to get to the bathroom. The pitcher’s mound is where Braden WORKS.

    I thought it pretty classless of Rodriguez to comment on how Braden only has a few wins under his belt. Doesn’t he remember when he was beginning in the big leagues? I suppose when you’re a Yankee and everybody kisses your arrogant ass all the time because you’ve hit some home runs and made some nice plays, you feel you can say whatever you want whenever you want. I’d support the A’s over the Yankees AND the Red Sox any day. It’s time that these 2 baseball dynasty’s take a looooong fall to the bottom of the pile.

    GO RAYS!

  277. Don April 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Oh please. I heard A Rod was driving down the street with the right of way, but didn’t allow someone into traffic who was eeking out of a driveway to his right, and That driver eventually caught up to him and started yelling that he was rude.

  278. John April 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 am

    There’s Chris the 1 Rays fan in America.

  279. gary April 23rd, 2010 at 9:42 am

    when on offense, you don’t walk across the mound…period. the same as you don’t steal a bag when your up by 7 in the 8th. seems the majority of yankee fans aren’t actually knowledgeable about the game. that’s a shocker.

  280. NYYanksFan April 23rd, 2010 at 9:53 am

    “you feel you can say whatever you want whenever you want”

    I believe it was Braden who was doing all the talking.

  281. TBone April 23rd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    It’s actually surprising that someone that has been in baseball as long as A-Rod didn’t know that you don’t touch the pitchers mound. Period. It’s his world for that game, and just like Braden said, “I don’t care if I’m Cy Young or the 25th man on the roster, if I’ve got the ball in my hand and I’m on that mound, that’s my mound,”. I’m sure A-Rod didn’t know he couldn’t slap the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove either. The guy is a moron, and loves showing it. He really should take some pointers from his Captain.

  282. NYYanksFan April 23rd, 2010 at 9:56 am

    “when on offense, you don’t walk across the mound”

    Ex ML players on TV and radio yesterday said they never heard of this but gary knows better than them.

  283. JW April 23rd, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Let’s not forget about the cheating A-ROD. It makes me laugh to see Yankee fans putting this cheater on a pedistal.

  284. Anthony April 23rd, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Dallas is a Punk. A-Rod should have smacked him in the back of the head.

  285. Anthony April 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Who hasn’t cheated in Baseball. At least he admitted it. What you want him to Retire for take steriods in 2 of his what 10 or 15 years in the league. What about all the other years. Everyone is quick to put Mark Maguire on a pedistal.

  286. george April 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Next time the guy on 2nd throwing to frist needs to plant the ball full force btween the Prima Donna eyes and releive this world of Jessie james brother!!!
    6 wins who the hell does Alex think he is!!

  287. The Monarch April 23rd, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Could someone please write down these unwritten rules once and for all?

    I played ball a loooong time, and I can’t ever remember this ever being a problem. It’s clearly much ado about nothing.

  288. Joel Friedman April 23rd, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Just saw ARoid on Sportscenter talking about this and he had the same lying facial expression as when he was lying to Katie about PED use on CBS news. He knew exactly what he did and once again showed lack of class andhis disdain for every other MLB player. What a jerk he really is!!!

  289. Rick D April 23rd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    A-Rod new exactly what he was doing. Just goes to show he is a no class player. Big pat on the back to Braden.

  290. george April 23rd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Dallas, i’m sure if u beaned him with a pitch and i mean a good one, and u got suspended, i’d be the first to raise $$ for the salary you miss, aka the longest yard. And i gurantee there would be no short comings of donations!!! People don’t like steriodrod, only the idiots in NY, the only way they can win is to pay the most, can u imagine if there was a salary cap, poor George S., what would he do with his money??? Oh yes him and Prima donna can spand the $$ at stirp joints, and Madonna’s face lifts.

  291. YankeesRule April 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 am

    A-Rod, I have more respect for you, but not when you pull a dumb move like that today. Little League baseball players know to respect the mound….. are you just looking for a “story”. Please just play the game and win a few…..

  292. Chuckwu April 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Would this Dallas guy be so hard if he had to bat? So easy to be hard in the AL.

  293. DallasBraden April 23rd, 2010 at 11:03 am

    You S uck Dallas

  294. Loki1967 April 23rd, 2010 at 11:06 am

    A-Rod is a sissy. She has a history of pulling BS moves from slapping at the infielders glove during that playoff game, to cheating on steroids, to kissing mirros for photo spreads. I mean she should take her man purse and retire.

  295. Unapologetic A-Rod Hater April 23rd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Mr. Rodriguez: you, sir… are an idiot. I’ve never seen a bigger liar or narcissist in my life. Yelling “I got it!” while rounding 3rd on a pop up, then claiming you didn’t do it. Crossing a pitchers mound and spitting while the guy is still on the mound, then claiming you didn’t know that was a no-no. (because we’re all certain that never before in your entire baseball career had that particular situation come up, right?). Lying through your teeth about PED abuse. Cheating on your smoking hot wife- with Madonna???!!! My God- you couldn’t even contain yourself and step aside on opening night in Boston- Pedro Martinez comes out of the Green Monster to throw out the first pitch for the Red Sox, it’s the biggest story of the night and all of the spotlight is clearly on Pedro, and you have to go out of your way to run over to him and hug him and steal his spotlight! You can’t even let a former player (one who was better than you in his prime, mind you) have a moment in the sun without having to insert yourself into it. God forbid the world doesn’t revolve around your childish, immature act every moment of every day… EVERY other player on the Yankees on opening night was wearing their warm up jackets during BP and fielding- except A-Rod. Had to make sure that everyone in the stands could see #12 so that he would still be getting his requisite amount of attention. God forbid you’re just one of the 25 at least during BP. Again: you are a weak, pathetic, insecure and sad human being. Sorry- this is no reflection on the Yankees, their other players, or their fans… the facts are the facts though.

  296. Unapologetic A-Rod Hater April 23rd, 2010 at 11:11 am

    And yes- I didn’t even mention trying to slap the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove running up the first base line, then acting like he didn’t realize he had done anything wrong. I can go on and on and on…

  297. randal richardson April 23rd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    aroid is class less he needs to get off the juice just like the ogs said about tiger you have to show respect for the game well the same goes for aroid you need to respect the game cause as much as you cant believe it you are not bigger than the game go do so more jucie

  298. David April 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Braden is right. A-Rod is outrageous. I demand a Congressional investigation, and I’m going to have my mommy call A-Rod’s mommy as soon as she changes my nappy.

  299. Marchness April 23rd, 2010 at 11:23 am

    The pitchers mound is a pile of dirt, not a throne. Nobody owns it. I don’t see why a pitcher deserves extra ‘respect’ in relation to other players – unless there’s an unwritten rule about players approaching the bases between innings too.

    When it’s time to get off the field, take the path of least resistance. It’s not like he traveled from 2nd base to Braden, and then to 1st.

    Braden needs to focus his temper and his energy on the field.

  300. Riley April 23rd, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Alex figures since hes been apart of the yankees for so long that he can just do whatever he wants. Sure he’s a good player and all but in my opinion, he takes all that to his big ole head. Therefore, I agree with Braden that he shouldn’t cross his mound. It’s not neccessary anyway theres a whole field and out of consideration if he was a decent player he shouldn’t have done that whether he knew it was an “unwritten rule” or not. Thats whats wrong with sports these days, theres no good sportsmanship anymore.

  301. george April 23rd, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Riley said it best Good sprortsmans ship, steroid-rod, does knot know the meaning of that word, look at the histoy as a-rod hater stated, remember he did “not leave the Mariners for the money, its a team i’ve always wanted to finish my carerrer with”, ect ect ect ect ect……..
    Worthlessburger, Jessie James, Steriod-rod, what a team…. i’d pay to see them play in the Idiot bowl!!!!

  302. Shank April 23rd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I played Ball with Braden at American River College and he’s a soldier…A-Rod is a Fag!

  303. mckenzie April 23rd, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Bad team that is First in the AL West

  304. sweet lou April 23rd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    brian is a punk!!!!! A rod stepped on the mound, so what. If he was going to do something he should have done it at the moment. In NY he would get his ass kicked. He should be careful it still may happen. we step on the mound and on your face so what. We are the kings of the game, and what. Do you talking on the field play hard and work hard. Stop crying boohooo you steped on my mound booohoooo. so what. He said he would tell his grand mother the samething what a joke, his grandmother would kick his ass like she did when he would wear his sisters dresses. Brian you Punk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  305. GoochSniper April 23rd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    What a bum this guy is. Total cry-baby crap.

  306. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    @ sweet lou: “Brian you Punk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Yeah. His name is Braden, Dallas Braden. You might want to try and remember the name, because besides being the winning pitcher against your ace, CC Sabathia, yesterday…he’s a comer.

  307. GrantFuhr April 23rd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    You can’t actually hear an unwritten rule….thats why you never “heard” that. I’ve known about that since grade school….and that was before Alex was born. Before the NHL F’d up the goal crease rules, if you skated through my crease after play was stopped, I’d whack your fargin ankle with my stick. Do it again and you’d be picking your arse up from the ice.
    You stay out of a golfers peripheral, dont walk across a pitchers mound….it’s not the 3rd baseman’s mound…it’s the PITCHER’S mound, dont skate through a goalies crease…. GF

  308. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    …snip…

    “The guy was tasting himself too long to apologize,” Braden quipped. “It’s a shame. I have a lot of respect for the guy and everything he’s done for the game. I admire the kind of talent like that — it’s just disappointing when you see the other side of things.

    According to the A’s southpaw, Rodriguez didn’t have much of a response. Long story short, Braden said, it didn’t include a “Yes, sir, have a good day.”

    “It’s pretty much baseball etiquette,” Braden continued. “It’s an extremely classy organization, the best in the business. I was trying to convey to him that I’m still out there, the ball is in my hand, and it’s my pitcher’s mound. If he wants to run across the pitcher’s mound, tell him to go do laps in the bullpen.”

  309. george April 23rd, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Yeah how many years have yankees had highest payroll and they dont win the world series or make the playoffs????? What is wrong with that picture.

    U have the Yankess, and then the real MLB, on a level playing field, seems to me they should have worn the WS for the last 12 yrs, but did they???????

    I say every pitcher show bean the roid-boy, that’ll change his attitude.

  310. KC April 23rd, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    A-Rod needs to show respect…it’s all about A-Rod in A-Rods world, good job Braden

  311. Dennis Hurlie April 23rd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I believe that mound was CC’s mound yesterday as well…If A-Rod stopped to dig up Braden’s landing spot I could understand–but just passing through doesn’t seem to present any intent. A-Rod has had his moments but he does play the game the right way…A five tool player that hustles and runs things out…It’s simply a matter of liking him or not–somebody like Manny–who doesn’t play the game the right way–could have done the same thing and it would have been chalked up to manny being manny…Perhaps there was something in Braden’s IV that got him all worked up.

  312. MikeT April 23rd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Of course Alex knows it’ll piss the pitcher off if he runs across the mound, and of course he did it on purpose. And, of course, that’s a good thing. He was trying to upset Braden, hoping he’d lose his command. That’s what a player is supposed to do. Billy Martin would have congratulated any player who made a move like that. Braden is just a pampered pu**y.

  313. jim smith April 23rd, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    a-rod and the rest of the yankee’s are a bunch of guido’s and further more, who cares about this anyway…mlb is the biggest waste of time and money, a bunch of overpaid guys with half the athleticism as an nfl, nhl or nba player

  314. MrSamo April 23rd, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Brian;
    Does the word ‘overreact’ mean anything to you? Gee whiz dude, you’re a ball player for Pete’s sake. Not everyone is going to think as you do or be as sensitive as you are. I think its presumptuous of you to believe that there was some underlying motive for Alex’s shortcut back to first base. You need to stay focused on your primary task and quit worrying about the motives or intentions of others.

  315. sweet lou April 23rd, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    ok his name is Braden, but his grandmother still would kick his ass if he said that to her. Also whats the big deal. If its such a big deal he would get beaned like the old days. You haters out there, you wish you had a team like the Yankees. Big money and all. Every one hates the top dog. Even in high school you go after the best players. There is not one player that would not play for the Yankees if they had an offer from them. The latin ball player has aways played with balls on the field. Thats just how we do. Long live the Yankees the best team in sports.

  316. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    @Dennis Hurlie: “If A-Rod stopped to dig up Braden’s landing spot I could understand–but just passing through doesn’t seem to present any intent. … Perhaps there was something in Braden’s IV that got him all worked up.”

    He DID step on Braden’s landing spot, while Braden was on the mound. And, Braden required the IV fluids AFTER his start yesterday, not prior to his start.

    Kind of ironic that you would try to insinuate that BRADEN was the player who had “something” in his IV…evidently, that’s A-Rod’s shtick.

  317. I hate the Yankees and Sox April 23rd, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    You know what the truly funny thing is? The Yankees being shut out by a person A-Roid says only has a handful of wins and the Yankees fans on here chalking it up as Dallas who? You got dominated by a so-called nobody and then one idiot even has the nerve to talk about HGH and Dallas Braden….out of the two in the argument who is the one that got busted morons? Friggin Yankees fans still know nothing….as for you sweet Lou….yeah we wish we had a team that spent gazillions raised ticket and food prices to huge levels to pay for that spending spree….and in 10 years gets to and wins just one World Series….bahahahaha….I’ll stay with my team thanks.

  318. sam April 23rd, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    So what is the mound made of anyways? If it’s unwritten, it’s not a rule. It’s like having to go pay for a traffic ticket, when you didn’t even get a ticket.

  319. Fred April 23rd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, Braden, maybe Alex is thinkin of playin baseball, instead of your “Sacred Ground”. You should try concentrating on pitching better instead of makin headlines over “unspoken” drama. Come on…. Grow up! Geez.

  320. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    @sweet lou: “ok his name is Braden, but his grandmother still would kick his ass if he said that to her. Also whats the big deal. If its such a big deal he would get beaned like the old days.”

    ~~~~

    Yes, I’m sure his grandmother would be kickin’ his ass. LOL.

    BTW, I think it’s the media that made it into such a “big deal”, as it was the media who asked both A-Rod & Braden – over & over again – about the kerfuffle on the field, then proceeded to yammer on & on about it. *yawn*. I would have thought the media, and baseball fans in general, might have been more interested in A-Rod turning that around the horn triple play. Very cool to watch, even if it was against my team.

    It’s alright though, because Suzuki – who hit into the triple play – also happened to have launched a three run shot off of Sabathia in the first inning. One swing of the bat and three men score, one swing of the bat and three men out…nice symmetry.

  321. John Murry April 23rd, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Fred:
    How much better should Braden pitch? I mean, he did throw a win against you ‘tards last night. You oughta think before you type, idiot.

  322. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Apparently, Dallas Braden is the only one who has ever heard of this “unwritten” rule.

  323. Sensi April 23rd, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    the yanks blow the big shlong

  324. John Murry April 23rd, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    @anchoragedan and the rest of you idiots: Go but the book “The Unwritten Rules of Baseball”. I learned that rule in little league. It’s a sign of disrespect. You Yankees fans really show how little you know about baseball OVER and OVER again. Jesus.

  325. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Maybe there should be an “unwritten” rule against pitchers covering home plate on a wild pitch. That’s the batter’s territory!!!

    Maybe there should be an “unwritten” rule against pitchers covering first base on ground balls hit to the right side of the infield. First base belongs to the runner!!!

    Who are you, Mr. Braden to be stepping on MY bag???

  326. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    OK,

    John Murry makes it two people who have heard of this “unwritten” rule.

    Apparently you are an idiot according to John Murry if you have never of this “unwritten” rule.

  327. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    @ John Murry:

    I’m beginning to wonder if this is a bandwagon blog or something, because I KNOW there has to be fans out there who better represent the classiest team in baseball, no/yes?

  328. Sensi April 23rd, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    AAAA’s sucks the shlong meat

  329. sweet lou April 23rd, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    in NY door men make more money than the mayors of most MLB towns, so we can spend more to go see the Yankees play. Our hot dogs and beer are better too, so is our kanishes and soft pretzels. so we make more and spend more, at the end it all evens out. Except how many rings we have, that will always be in our favor. Long live the Yankees. Braden is a Pato.lololo…:)

  330. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    @John Murry:

    Is there an unwritten rule about knowing your place among veteren superstar players? Or am I an idiot for not knowing that?

  331. Sensi April 23rd, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    like a jew to brag about money

  332. Stupid Yankees April 23rd, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I hate how the the Yankees think they can get away with everything! A team of big headed, full of themselves A**holes!!! MLB really needs to put stricter rules on salary caps!!

  333. John Murry April 23rd, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    No, you are an idiot if you don’t look it up and assume it’s BS because A-Rod says it’s BS. A pro knows the rule. If they don’t, they forgot it in high school. Arrogant people tend to think of themselves more than about respecting others. Poor sportsmanship on A-Rod’s part. Poor research skills on yours, anchoragedan.

    @AAAA’s: It has to be! Because all I see on here are ignorant keyboard thugs! Please, do come visit us in Oaktown again….

  334. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    @Sensi: “AAAA’s sucks the shlong meat”

    Only grade AAA select. LOL!

  335. John Murry April 23rd, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    @anchoragedan No, idiot, there is no rule about respecting anyone for anything other than how they play the game. Don’t be a moron. You think y’all have “status” players? So what? They still oughta act as respectful as they should’ve acted playing American Legion ball. You don’t get a free pass because you make more money. You don’t get a free pass because of performance, either. You get respect by giving it. Jesus. You Yankees fans are seriously boring a**holes.

  336. John Murry April 23rd, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    @anchoragedan i’m about to fly to juneau or whatever godawful place you are and show that wife the salami

  337. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    @ John Murray: “You Yankees fans are seriously boring a**holes.”

    I think they’re kind of amusing, well at least some of the posters here have been amusing me with their wit & intellect, and their in depth knowledge of baseball.

    I’m thinking I may have to stick around all season long ;-)

  338. Chris April 23rd, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I’d like to thank the Yankees for losing yesterday and catapulting the Rays into the #1 spot in the AL East. Yeah, I’m a Rays fan, and there are TONS of us all over the country. Screw the Yank-Me fans and the Red Sucks fans.

  339. giann April 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    listen, its really not a big deal he stepped on the rubber. Dallas Braden says there will be reprocousions/ or consequences but i hate to brake it to you dallas but there arent gonna be. who the hell are you the mlb commisioner, there is no rule that says you can do that. so, how about you go and make the league minimum and a-rod goes back to making his 28 mill a year

  340. John Murry April 23rd, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    @AAAA’s: After further thought these guys intense knowledge of stats, etiquette, and command of the English language is quaint and bemusing. Why not hang around at least ’til we see ‘em again in July? Maybe they’ll “learn me up” something about baseball, given their enviable intellectual grasp of the game and it’s history.

  341. John Murry April 23rd, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    @giann listen, it is a big deal. go pork yer mom and have a bagel.

  342. sam April 23rd, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    So why do all of those players go through such gruelling contract negotiations, because their salary is negotiated and written in a contract. They wouldn’t swing at anything, if they were paid on someones word. If the rule is not written, it’s not a rule.

  343. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    “you are an idiot if you don’t look it up and assume it’s BS because A-Rod says it’s BS.”

    I assume it’s B.S. not because A-Rod said so, but because I said so. In 30+ years of following major league baseball, I have never heard of such a rule.

    If a 30 year fan of baseball is an idiot for not knowing that rule, then most people are idiots. But that just dumbs down the meaning of the word “idiot.” Idiot should be reserved for the truly deserving.

  344. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    “You get respect by giving it.”

    Says the person calling people moron and idiot.

  345. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    “You Yankees fans are seriously boring a**holes”

    I don’t recall ever telling you I was a fan of the Yankees. I was just commenting on the vast unawareness of this “unwritten” rule.

    Is that respectful enough for you? Or should I throw in some profanity and insults to suit you?

  346. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    ” i’m about to fly to juneau or whatever godawful place you are”

    Right, you figured that out because my handle is “JuneauDan?”

  347. giann April 23rd, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    hey murry, why dont u stop talkin s**T on a blog and go have a cranberry juice and j- off to a picture of dallas braden u F****n F*G

  348. Noel April 23rd, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    As for the “He should maybe watch his Captain a little more often” dig, Braden needs to look in the mirror because short of taking a baseball bat to a Gatorade machine, Dallas has been watching too much Carlos Zambrano.

  349. george April 23rd, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Isn’t it so nice so many people hate the yankees, it was so bad for us when my 10yr old got assigned to the little league team “yankees” we asked to be on another team. Don’t hate the Red sox’s, as long they and tampa keep em (yankees) out of the top, those teams are a winner to me!!!
    When the sox and tampa, play the Mariners i could care less if we win as long mine, as the team gains space (games ahead) from the yaknsters!!!

  350. Baseball Fan April 23rd, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    A-Tool and his ego should know what we all knew in little league. It’s not a rule, it’s respect, something that obviously has been lost on the man in everything he does and says. For the fans who agree with his “not knowing”, i.e. not caring, at least spell correctly in displaying your arrogance and ignorance.

  351. The Fast One April 23rd, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    All of that money “Rod up his ass” has made, has caused him to become as arrogant, as he is ignorant.

  352. Noel April 23rd, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Next time Braden walks near batter’s box after backing up home the batter should yell “not in my office! This is my center of the universe!”

  353. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Right Noel,

    And pitchers have no right to cover first base on a ground ball hit to the right side either. First base belongs to the runner. We will tolerate firstbasemen touching First Base, but no one else!

    I wonder if it is OK for National League pitchers to walk accross the mound (as a batter).

  354. George April 23rd, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    He never heard that?!? OK, where did he learn to play ball?!? Russia?!? EVERY KID IN LITTLE LEAGUE KNOWS NOT TO DO THAT!!!! I think A Rod was trying to throw him off his game by getting under his skin. NOT COOL. That is the problem with Base Ball now days. There used to be some honor, now there just steroid jugheads prima donnas who think they are God’s gift to the game playing. Sad days. :o(

  355. millano April 23rd, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Fu..en excuse after fu..en excuse for the fu..en baby! I’m embarrassed for you fu..ers!

  356. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    As A-Rod was crossing back to first base not only did he cross over the mound – where Braden was standing, as it was the the middle of the Yankees half of the inning – but it also looked to me like A-Rod deliberately dragged his foot/toe over the spot where the Pitcher plants his foot when making his pitch.

    I would be surprised if there is a written “rule” about doing something like that, but it seems to me that such an act would constitute a breach of baseball etiquette, at the very least.

    I am wondering if those who defend A-Rod’s antics would give the same pass to say, Youkilis, with a Yankee pitcher standing on the mound?

  357. a roid is a puss April 23rd, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    this site goes to show that all yankee fans are an immature pile of sh!t just like their players!!!

  358. millano April 23rd, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    from George
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    “I am a Yankees fan and partial season ticket holder — so I put my money where my mouth is.

    Simply put, A-Rod was wrong. His act did violate an unwritten rule of etiquette in the game. It was, sadly, in character with other bush league actions he’s done over the years. And, it is also very uncharacteristic of the behavior one expects from a New York Yankee player.

    I cannot envision a Joe Dimaggio, or Thurman Munson, or Derek Jeter (pick your era) pulling such a stunt.

    There’s no excuse for A-Rod’s actions whatsoever — even more so since he is a seasoned pro — not some rookie who doesn’t understand the unwritten rules of the game. It’s no longer a matter of waiting for A-Rod to “grow up” — he’s a great player who also has a pattern of self-aggrandizement that enables him in his own mind to believe he is not bound by the rules others are expected to live by.

    Any Yankee fan who excuses A-Rod (such as @2, here) is missing the bigger picture. No loyalty to one’s team should excuse crticizing a player who acts in such an unsportsmanlike manner.

    Now, what will likely happen is at the next encounter between the A’s and Yankees – the Oakland pitcher will be tempted to retaliate. That will probably result in a bench-clearing brawl. Which, while it will excite the Neanderthal fan element, will sicken the majority of us who go to the Stadium to watch a ballgame — not a riot” Well put George!

  359. kweb April 23rd, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Any of you who think that wasn’t a dig have never played baseball, especially pitched. It is a rule, unwritten of course, and A Rod knows that. He’s a cheating doper and he’s disrespectful to the game. You Yankee fans should be embarrassed of him.

  360. J April 23rd, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I never heard of that, either!
    That Braden is a piece of joke. He just want attention by attacking A Rod.

  361. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    “EVERY KID IN LITTLE LEAGUE KNOWS NOT TO DO THAT!!!!”

    OK,

    That makes three people now who have heard of that unwritten rule.

  362. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    “it also looked to me like A-Rod deliberately dragged his foot/toe over the spot where the Pitcher plants his foot when making his pitch.”

    Unless you were in attendance at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, you saw no such thing. There is no video of the event.

  363. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    “I am wondering if those who defend A-Rod’s antics…”

    Nobody is defending A-Rod’s “antics.” We are questioning the existence of this alleged “unwritten” rule, as asserted by Dallas Braden.

  364. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    “this site goes to show that all yankee fans are an immature pile of sh!t”

    Actually, the most disgusting and immature posts are being made by the Yankee haters, as evidenced by your post.

  365. Ranger 1 April 23rd, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    A- Fraud was a waste at TX and he is an even bigger wimp in NY !

  366. AnchorageDan April 23rd, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    It appears players can make up whatever “unwritten” rule they want. That’s why it is “unwritten.”

    I better not see this Braden guy walk accross the basepath on his way back to the dugout. That basepath belongs to the runner.

    He better not walk around the base to the outfield either. That outfield belongs to the outfielders.

    So it looks like he’s stuck inside the pitching circle.

  367. george April 23rd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    This has been great, such passion and glad to know not only does Seattle hate him (a-roid) but eveyone else out of the NY area. But what is sad, is a person that had such skill and talent, is immature, classless, and is a cheater in life and on the filed, yeah thats what i want to go down in history as, defend away yankee fans, keep and coudle him he needs it. By the way he left his blankie here in Seattle. Makes that Yankee Mariner series all the more better so we can Boooo away roid boy.

  368. AAAA's April 23rd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    @AnchorageDan: (Quoting AAAA’s) “it also looked to me like A-Rod deliberately dragged his foot/toe over the spot where the Pitcher plants his foot when making his pitch.”

    Unless you were in attendance at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, you saw no such thing. There is no video of the event.

    ~~~~~~~~

    Well, yes, I was in attendance at the Coliseum, thanks for asking.

    BTW, if you scroll thru my comments on this thread, I think I stated as much in one of my initial postings.

  369. CliffyJ April 23rd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    dude said he would yell at his grandma. sad.
    and hes talking about commanding respect.

  370. Mitchell April 23rd, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    So Alex said it was funny huh? From the look on his face he was scared!! He didnt wanna get that pretty face blasted..

  371. Richard Bennett April 23rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Next time Braden faces the Yankees, Arod will get the day off to protect his head. Not that there’s anything inside it of value, just because.

  372. Dion Thompson April 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    It’s not as if he bunted to break up a no hitter. Braden totally overreacted and didn’t make a scene until the end of the inning. He a total wimp and a head case. A Rod simply siezed an opportunity to mess with the enemy.

  373. Yankee D April 23rd, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Are you kidding ? Braden should have waited until after the game and then should have searched him out….. What Braden did was Bush league. While i cant understand what Arod was doing, don’t be blowing this out of control.

    And by the way…the 27 championships come from playing within the rules.
    The Steinbreinner family put their money back into the team. Get upset with your owner for taking the cash and lining their pockets.

  374. Yankee D April 23rd, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I dont think Braden would throw at Arod….he would get killed and would then take a job at IN and out burgers !!

  375. alew April 23rd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    why is Dallas Braden taking this seriously? who do you think you are? This is Alex Rodriguez you’re dealing with.

  376. millano April 23rd, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    AnchorageDan get your info right before posting. There is indeed video of A roid’s dumb ass move. It was shown on some obscure sports channel, I think it called ESPN.

  377. ron jeffers April 23rd, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Crawdaddy! Hopefully Braden DOES NOT think he is Bob Gibson. If he does, Arod will need two Batting helmets the next time they meet to protect him from fastballs!

  378. westcoastisbetter April 23rd, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    What a thing to say Arod a hand full of wins. Your carrier is made by your ball club that doesn’t abide by the salary caps do the numbers eastcoast NY ball club is bought not earned talent.

  379. a roid is a puss April 24th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    AnchorageDan ur just a big pile of sh!t just like every other yankees fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  381. Davo April 24th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Go Braden …. I want pitchers to have attitude.
    I’ve seen so many people full of their own self importance to know A-Rod fits this description to a tee. Braden’s got every right to give him a serve …. I don’t care who you are …. you respect the game .. full stop.

  382. Bird April 24th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    what happens when the whole infield and catcher,manager AND sometimes the umpire meets on the pitchers mound ? will the pitcher tell them to get off the mound ? NO because the manager will remove him ! (off the PAYROLL )

  383. AAAA's April 24th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Cal & Bill Ripkin discuss players crossing over the mound while the pitcher is on it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....&NR=1

  384. leftyheffley April 24th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Sorry to say it, but its another example that A-Rod has no class. Swipe a glove while running to first, like a girl. Claim you only took drugs in TX. Braden has it right, this is something Jeter would never do, but A-rod doesn’t even know what he’s talking about. I’m disappointed that so many fans here are defending what isn’t right.

  385. Deputy April 24th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    LOL…Dallas who???

  386. Jamey May 10th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    To all of of you sarcastically questioning who Dallas Braden is, maybe you’ll remember him for pitching a perfect game against the best team in baseball…

  387. Don May 10th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Hail to the man with character…Dallas. It nice to see something like this happen to a man who stands up for tradition and unspoken rules even when (or before) he isn’t anybody! He is the man with character!

    Somewhat in A-Rods defense, I really don’t think that he knew the rule BUT it is pretty easy to figure out that walking over the mound while the is pitcher there is pretty disrespectful and invasive. With that move, he shown us what he is made of. The pitcher is the center of the game and the mound is his. That is pretty clear and easy to figure out.

  388. Nico May 10th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure you should all know Dallas Braden by now. Perfect Game. I’m a die hard A’s fan, born and raised. And we’ve know about this guy for a while now. Congrats to him and the organization.
    Screw A-Rod and Screw the Yanks

  389. ivey26 May 10th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    A-Rod and Jeter suck D!(k for beer money

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  391. AAAA's May 11th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Braden’s in the HOF, sans any asterisk after his name.

  392. Jess May 12th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Where did all those people go who wrote ‘who?’ Perhaps they don’t follow the Rays.

  393. Michael Philip Thomas May 26th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Braden needs to relax, he goes on a four minute rant in the post game interview about respect, I don’t think the Yankees or anyone from their organization disrespects the A’s. And Braden is a great young pitcher but talking HOF and Braden is premature, so for now he should shut up and let his pitching speak. A-Rod meant no disrespect stepping on his mound everyone just loves to hate the Yankees, anyone with a problem with A-Rod’s taboo action can come to North Jersey and see how much respect we have for Braden.

  394. Peck July 7th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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