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Braden, Rodriguez spice up the day in Oakland

Apr 22, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

braden on mound.JPGA’s starter Dallas Braden and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez exchanged words (well, yells) in the sixth inning of Thursday’s 4-2 Oakland victory.  It wasn’t immediately clear what the two were jawing about, but MLB.com’s Jane Lee got to the bottom of the story during a round of post-game interviews.

It turns out Braden was upset that A-Rod crossed the Oakland Coliseum’s pitching mound while running off the field, an apparent no-no in the baseball world.

“He should probably take a note from his captain over there and realize
you don’t cross the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during the
game,” said Braden. “I was just dumbfounded that he would let that slip his mind –
being someone of such status. … The guy was tasting himself too long to apologize.  It’s a shame.”

While we’re not exaclty sure what “tasting himself” means, it sure does sound cool.  And, well, it’s probably fitting too.  Braden is off to a 3-0 start this year with a 2.77 ERA and 0.85 WHIP through four starts.  Rodriguez, meanwhile, is batting .304/.448/.587 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 46 at-bats.  Let’s hope the two meet again soon.

  1. jonds - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Maybe if the mound was six inches higher as it used to be A-Rod would have had second thoughts.

  2. A's Fan Too - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Braden is an inning away from imploding. He sucks, and so do you.

  3. some18mybrain - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    I love how all of us Yankee fans are referred to as “Typical Yankee Fans”…and how we follow in a “Mindless slavelike devotion” as Mike R pointed out. That being said, let’s look at the severity of this occurance. Should ARod have run across the mound? Maybe not. Did he do it maliciously? I seriously doubt it. Did Braden overreact? Absolutely! To basically call someone out and threaten “Reprecussions” if it happens again is both amateurish and infantile. If the shoe had been on the other foot, and it was a Yankee pitcher flipping out about someone running over the mound, all these Braden “supporters” would be bashing the pitcher for doing what “The Evil Yankees” always do. It’s amazing how easy it is to hate on a successful team, and make them the devil all the time. Grow up people, and try taking off the “Yankee hater” glasses. If it had been between any two other teams, nobody would be giving the pitcher so much support. Get a grip.

  4. Michael - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    This is not the first time Arod’s had problems with etiquette. I remember a few years ago he screamed at some third basemen on a pop-up as he was rounding 3rd and the guy dropped it. Also there was the first base glove slapping incident. He’s like your hyperactive annoying friend you are constantly apologizing for.
    Oh and as a former player, it’s totally an unwritten rule.

  5. JR - Apr 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    We all know there are games played during a game. This is simply a game in a game. No big deal, it seems A-Rod was just playing a game with the pitcher. Who knows if there is any old history. Any of you old athletes know what I am talking about… The only mistake Braden made was showing this action disturbed him.

  6. JudyJ - Apr 23, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Good points. Of course, A-Rod must have had “dark reasoning” when he did the unthinkable – stepped on the pitcher’s mound. I think that deserves a suspension – anyone agree? Small-time pitcher with a small mind. If that set him off then he needs to get another occupation. Just wait until he has a real pressure situation to deal with – omg!

  7. JR - Apr 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    If you’re right then that is a classic quote!

  8. Typical Yankee Fan - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Braden wouldn’t dare bring that smack to DA BRONX! He would be subjected to the unwritten rule of Our Boots up His Butt.
    STERN RULES!! BABA BOOEY!!!!

  9. billybill - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    I dread the day Youk does this to Joba.

  10. Jmac - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    I love the guys sticking up for ARod.
    - Screw an unwritten rule. He crosses the mound when just common sense says not to.
    - yells at guys catching pop ups like he’s in the 4th grade.
    - announces his free agency during the World Series.
    - smacks balls out of 1st basemen’s gloves with his Hamburger Helper hands.
    This guy always thinks he’s bigger than the game.
    - Oh yea forgot that little steroid thing.
    And Braden can bring that smack to the bronx. I’m from the Bronx. Nothing will happen in corporate Yankee Stadium anymore.

  11. JR - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Let the games begin!!

  12. JR - Apr 23, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Maybe the only reasoning A-Rod had was to get between the ears of Braden. Based on the reaction from Braden, it worked. Any edge at this level is warranted. Since there is no “written rule” to A-Rods action there is nothing the umpires can do. The A’s could take action on the Yankees and let the Yankees be the “A-Rod police”. This will be fun to watch play out thru the rest of the season. That’s baseball!!

  13. JudyJ - Apr 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Youk is the 4th most hit person in baseball today. I think he has a few opponents to pick from – you couldn’t possibly think is his crazy way of holding the bat in the batter’s box has something to do with it? Oh no, must be Joba’s fault! Get over yourself.

  14. billybill - Apr 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    I didn’t say anything is “Joba’s fault” lady.

  15. SuberBad - Apr 23, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    we lost the game, how could it have ‘worked’?
    A-rod just gets bushleague at times, that all there is to it. And even when called on it-he doesn’t relent and say ‘honest mistake’, he instead chooses to ridicule the dude’s experience. That’s our A-rod.
    SIDENOTE: anyone else notice that the pitcher had to invoke Jeter’s name to bring home the point against Arod? LOL, its always a go-to. These two being on the same team has to be one of the weirdest decisions.

  16. JudyJ - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Well, what did you mean? Kindly explain.

  17. Tony from the Bronx - May 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    The A’s are a .500 team, the Yankees are 21-8. Arod is the highest payed player and will probably be the home run king. Who is this guy Braden? Unfortunately this business about a so called illegal mound crossing is the only news that gives him any attention. He’s a NOBODY! And the A’s are a farm team. Let these guys cry all the want. If it comes down to it and Braden tries anything. I am sure AROD will kick his ass and then laugh all his way to the bank. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  18. alanjp - May 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Right on, my friend. I am a die-hard Red Sox fan, and couldn’t agree with you more. The pitcher’s mound is sacred ground, and I am sorry, but A-Rod is low class. He knew exactly what he was doing.
    The IRONY is all this is the BRADEN JUST PITCHED A PERFECT GAME against the Rays. So much for A-Rods assessment of Braden.
    It’s too bad…I have loved the Yanks in thepast…when they had a real TEAM…O’Nell, and company in ‘While they have won their share since then, they have never been the same classy organization that we in Boston respect. A-Rod is a big part of that negative image.

  19. Jesse - May 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    I only played baseball as a youngster, but this was an unwritten rule even as a kid. A-rod should have known better, or at least apologized if he forgot.

  20. tomv - May 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Hey Tony from the Bronx,
    Your comment is, “Who is this guy Braden? Unfortunately this business about a so called illegal mound crossing is the only news that gives him any attention. He’s a NOBODY!”
    Well that comment makes you an IDIOT….he just threw a PERFECT game.

  21. Joe - May 10, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    What kind of “diehard” Red Sox fans loved the Yankees in the 90s when O’Neil was there???
    You don’t deserve to watch baseball. Go Phillies!!!!!

  22. Biff Tannen - May 11, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    I need to find a copy of the unwritten rules. There are so many. No wonder kids don’t want to play baseball. All these good-ole-boys have made all these rules in their mind and have failed to write them down. I know most of them. But even some of them don’t make sense and vary depending on the type of game or the type of bat.

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