BOSTON — In the second inning, Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster drilled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez with 3-0, 92-mph fastball. In the sixth, Rodriguez drilled Dempster for a long solo homer run that sparked the Yankees’ come-from-behind victory. “It was the ultimate payback,” Rodriguez said after the team’s 9-6 win. When Dempster plunked Rodriguez in the elbow with a fastball, it resulted in both benches being issued warnings, the ejection of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, and the bullpens of both teams emptying onto the field. No punches were thrown.
We knew all along that someone was going to pull this stunt and hit ARod with a pitch, but I at least hoped it would be someone relevant. Like if Lackey did it, then I would have some respect for it. But this is just Dempster trying to be a “man of the people.” Talk about the ultimate backfire. ARod looks like more of a victim, Dempster get embarrassed, and catches the loss.
This could be a big moment for this Yankee team. Gardner ran out of the dugout to support ARod. Girardi looked like he was on the juice throwing punches near an umpires face and calling Dempster a pussy. It seems like this team has his back. No, CC didn’t throw at anyone in retaliation, but that was the smart play here. Don’t get thrown out in a game we need and miss your next start on a suspension. We have 7 games against the Sox In September and they all start with no warnings that would warrant an ejection and suspension. One of those games will be a blowout in either direction, and then Ortiz and Pedroia have to worry. Some revenge is a dish best served cold shit.
This team has been missing major pieces all season long. Now, back to somewhere near full strength, all they needed is a moment or an event to spark them and put it all together. Put aside all the steroids bullshit for a moment and look at it as the Yankees rallying to beat the Red Sox in a tension filled game highlighted by bean balls, home runs, and ejections. Sure there’s always the old adage about momentum and the next day’s pitcher – but if you believe in any sort of clubhouse chemistry or Pinstripe momentum, this could be the turning point we were waiting for.