A-Rod Answers Dempster
I don’t usually post about the most immediate events, whether sports or other, but Sox fans need to make their voices heard on this one.
When I learned last night that Dempster had hit A-Rod, I couldn’t believe it. I turned off the game and said to myself, “The Sox deserve to lose this one.”
I was on an early morning flight today to San Francisco (and later in the week will head to Portland and then to LA) to visit with friends and see two Sox games vs the Giants and two vs Dem Bums. So I don’t know what is being said about Dempster hitting A-Rod (except for the email I got stating disapproval from my long-suffering Sox cousin). But I can say I’m not as excited to see them tonight as I thought I would be.
Hitting A-Rod was simply wrong, despite his disrespect for the rules of the game.
Yes. He’s a cheater and a liar, amongst other things. But the best Sox players could do would be to speak out against him, not to hit him.
Because A-Rod is wrong doesn’t give the Sox the right to hit him. A-Rod’s peers should call him out publicly. That’s the best and most powerful way to respond to his behaviors and to send a message to other PED users.
Additionally, it’s dumb and foolish. You’re in a tight race, ahead in this game 2-0, and why do anything that takes the focus off winning and gives the Yunkees and A-Rod fuel?
Simply wrong, dumb, and foolish.
Sox got what they deserved.
really sick of the whole A-rod deal….he got away with murder by playing his last useful 12 months..after that he wouldnt be able to play anyways… but I can totally see him energized by the redsox doing that…and lets not forget how tragically talented he really is..and what a waste it became..
To say nothing of the fact that one of their teammates (Ortiz) is a known steroid user.
Land Wayland said:
One of the reasons we love this game is the ancient traditions that ensure that we are watching the game our fathers and mothers watched and those traditions dictate that when a member of an opposing team disrespects the game or disrespects a member of your team, he must be thrown at in a very clear and obvious way that makes it clear to everyone that his comments or conduct went too far. Mr. R had to know that this would be done and one of the traditions is that a man goes to bat and takes what he knows is coming to him. Once the pitch is thrown, it is over.
Brian Steinbach said:
This may not directly respond to Rick’s post (but I agree it was dumb to throw at A-Rod and A-Rod gave precisely the right and traditional response by his homer later). But as I read all the flack about A-Rod playing while his appeal is pending – what ever happened to respect for the fundamental rights of due process and innocent until proven guilty? Many time before there were strong CBA’s in baseball we all felt that managment/the commissioner abused their power. Now the field is more even. If you don’t like th fact that A-Rod can play while his appeal is pending (as many others have, in baseball and other sports), then you should be attacking managment and the union for agreeing to that provision. He is exercising his right and should be respected for that – without having to respect him in any other way. Just my two cents.