The best rivalry in sports is officially back.
The only problem was Dempster had some trouble actually locating A-Rod, as it took four pitches before he finally drilled him.
Dempster should have been tossed, but he got lucky as it was beyond blatantly obvious what he was trying to do.
Yankees skipper Joe Girardi went ballistic, and rightly so but it did get booted from the game.
It is no secret that A-Rod is not winning any popularity contests, but I understand why.
Look, I get why players are pissed about the use of PEDs in baseball.
It is cheating, and who endorses cunning behavior, at least openly.
I am sure that Dempster feels deceived, betrayed and even hurt, as presumably any player who is PED-free would.
There is nothing wrong with not liking A-Rod for his past, as no one with morals likes a cheater or condones cheating.
Just like with anything in life, we all have the right to write our own rules and in this country voice them freely as well.
So considering Dempster’s actions, along with his teammate John Lackey, who publicly scorned MLB for letting A-Rod back on the field prior to the series, must dislike any player that has cheated or failed a PED test, right?
Clearly, that would be a double yes.
And doesn’t that make you wonder how the two Red Sox starters feel about playing with teammate David Ortiz (aka Big Pappi)?
As just like A-Rod, and fellow Red Sox Manny Ramirez, the New York Times reported back in 2009 that Ortiz was also one of the 104 players listed on the infamous Mitchell Report for failing a drug test back in 2003.
Ortiz’s exact words were, “I don’t do that anymore because they don’t have the approval for that here, so I know that, so I’m off buying things at the GNC back in the Dominican Republic. I don’t know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it.”
Ortiz said he was utterly “blindsided” when the news broke that he had failed a drug test.
And according to a recent article on Deadspin.com, Ortiz still has yet to receive any information from MLB about what he failed the test for or anything for that matter. But looking at Ortiz’s career numbers…. No comment.
Unlike Ortiz, A-Rod came forward publicly and admitted that his 2003 test result was correct.
Ramirez has serve two drug suspensions since his name was leaked with Ortiz’s and A-Rod’s in 2009.
Ortiz hasn’t failed a drug test since the 2003 Mitchell Report.
But wait, come to think of it neither has A-Rod.
So apparently there must be some tension in the Red Sox clubhouse, as isn’t it the exception that proves the rule?
People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 9-6 and won the series.
And Yankee fans have A-Rod to thank for the win, as he went 3-4 with a homer and two RBIs.
I think it is about darn time Yankees fans get behind the entire team, and that includes Alex Rodriguez.
Go and get yourself some cheap New York Yankees tickets to see for yourself.