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Dallas Braden and A-Rod: what a difference a week makes

May 9, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

Braden celebrates.jpgIt was just over two weeks ago when Alex Rodriguez walked over Dallas Braden’s mound — maybe on purpose, maybe not — kicking off a petty little feud in which no one has come off looking particularly classy.

Braden barked about it being “his mound” like he was unhinged. A-Rod looked like a pompous ass making reference to Braden’s “handful of wins” after the game. Braden looked like a low-rent wannabe something or other with his “we don’t do much talking in the 209” rebop last week.  A-Rod continued the pattern of classlessness just this weekend by claiming he didn’t want to comment any further because he didn’t want to extend Braden’s “15 minutes of fame,” clearly implying that Braden wouldn’t have any basis for fame separate and apart from that which A-Rod gave him.

That’s certainly not the case anymore. Braden is part of one of baseball’s most exclusive fraternities, becoming one of the nineteen men in history to throw a perfect game.

A-Rod seems to sense that the narrative has shifted.  Reached by reporters at Fenway Park immediately after the perfect game, Rodriguez said: “Good for him.
He threw a perfect game, and even better, he beat the Rays.”
That’s about the best answer one can give in the situation. He acknowledged the feat and kept it to baseball. The matter, at least from Rodriguez’s perspective, seems to be closed.

For his part, Braden didn’t say anything provocative after the game, holding true to the alleged rep of his home area code and tacitly agreeing with A-Rod to bury the hatchet. That is, unless Rodriguez is going to respond to Braden’s grandmother.  She was at the game and, according to Susan Slusser of San Francisco Chronicle, had this to say the moment someone shoved a microphone into her face: “stick it, A-Rod!”

That’s funny, but ultimately inconsequential, because I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that A-Rod isn’t about to go after Braden’s grandmother.  It’s Mother’s Day. Let her have the last word.

And let us close the book on the Braden-Rodriguez feud. Each got their shots in, each had their bad moments, but it ended with a perfect game on a sparkling Sunday afternoon, and that means baseball wins.

But then again, baseball always wins, doesn’t it?

  1. Alan - May 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Congratulations Dallas! Thank you for beating the Rays and putting the Yankees in first place. This is the way to answer the bell.

  2. twhite430 - May 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    good for braden, what an acheivement…let us not forget that ulitmately, billy beane is the one who put an end to the “feud” by telling braden to put a sock in it after the 209 comment this week.

  3. aceshigh - May 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Very cool. I loathe A-Rod and while Braden should’ve taken the high road after the initial incident, this isn’t about that nonsense.
    A perfect game is simply a great day for baseball. That’s all.

  4. baseballfan - May 9, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Fully agree

  5. APBA Guy - May 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Amazing confluence at the Mausoleum today:
    – The Rays, clearly anxious to get out of town after a successful road trip
    – Braden having pinpoint control of all of his pitches
    – Couple of the Rays hitters in mini-slumps
    Somewhere Earl Weaver is a happy man:
    – Throw strikes
    – Work fast
    – Change speeds
    Done to perfection.

  6. Old Gator - May 9, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Braden’s grandmother’s deliciously classless comment on the Trailer Park Network has confirmed what I figured all along: he was named “Dallas” because his mother had nothing better to do while he was gestating than guzzle diet cokes and watch kitschy old soap opera reruns on TV. Runs in the family, I guess. Sorry, I’m not quite ready to see this end until there’s been an all-out rhubarb after A-Rod gets drilled and throws his bat in retaliation. The very idea of two guys from “the 209” and Overtown behaving with class and dignity just rubs me the wrong way somehow.

  7. bosoxfanincolo - May 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Can’t just leave it with congratulations, huh? A classless statement, typical of a Yankees fan.

  8. Chris - May 9, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    The writer of this article is just horrible. I wonder what internet college he received his diploma from (via email)? He left out the fact that Braden “started” each of the two rounds of bickering. Also, the pitcher says “we don’t do much talking in the 209”, but that’s ALL he has done is talk. Even Braden’s grandmother lowers herself down a few pegs. Pretty sad.

  9. Curious George - May 9, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    The writer of this article is just horrible. I wonder what internet college he received his diploma from (via email)?

    Somebody’s new here.

  10. scatterbrian - May 9, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Sorry, but you really have no business talking about class while bashing a guy’s deceased mother on Mother’s Day.

  11. okobojicat - May 9, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Thanks. I was going to say something much less appropriate.

  12. Ez - May 9, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    This stuff is just so over blown and childish. Congratulations to Braden now impress us all by growing up and move on from this A-Rod nonsense.
    This article is very bias also, maybe Craig you don’t like the Evil Empire.
    Many thanks Braden for putting the Yanks in first place.

  13. IdahoMariner - May 9, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Usually I am reasonably entertained by Old Gator, but, yeah, as okobojicat said, “Thanks. I was going to say something much less appropriate.” Because I was a little speechless.

  14. IdahoMariner - May 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Ez — I re-read the article and tried to figure out where Craig bashed the Yanks. Maybe you were reading something else? Or do you believe A-Rod IS the Yankees?

  15. InnocentBystander - May 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Fourth highest score in the last 30 years of impressive baseball feat multiplied by dbag ratio. Trails only Bonds’ 756th homerun, Schilling pouring ketchup on his sock, and Cal breaking Gehrig’s record.

  16. Old Gator - May 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    My apologies to everyone for that. I had no idea about Braden’s mom. The criticism was well deserved.

  17. pmci - May 9, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    You’re a classless piece of filth, and obviously have experienced the white trash lifestyle first hand. . . just a poor excuse for a human being.

  18. Ez - May 9, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    IdahoMariner – Simply pointing out that Craig clearly has a slant on this story. Obviously both players have taken this way to far. However anyone who has had to listen at these two go at it, knows that not Braden nor A-Rod are innocent in all this.
    It seems like Braden may need this to motivate himself, and maybe fair and balanced articles just don’t fuel the fire.

  19. Old Gator - May 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    You’re right, I have experienced it firsthand. We all did. For the entire eight years of the Bush Administration.
    I just bet you were waiting for an excuse to say that to someone. Anyone. Sorry I had to be the one to give it to you. Read my mea culpa above, and then go take a tranquilizer, O Holier-than-Thou.

  20. markbath - May 9, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    If the opportunity arises I hope A-Rod runs across the mound again and steps on the punk Braden and he goes by. Does Braden need any more tissues for his hurt feelings?

  21. ELFboy - May 9, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    You are a fuckin moron

  22. TJ - May 9, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    Baseball always win.
    Unless it is during the World Series and is up against the NFL.

  23. Big Harold - May 9, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    “You’re a classless piece of filth, …”
    Yeah because when a classless piece of filth makes a mistake and ignores it by trying to hide behind weak poorly worded responses like;
    “My apologies to everyone for that. I had no idea about Braden’s mom. The criticism was well deserved.”
    He really needs to be called out on it. Or, maybe you should just grow up?

  24. Ottoe - May 10, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    Or do you believe A-Rod IS the Yankees?
    Exactly. According to the article the Yankees were in the clubhouse cheering Braden on. They thought it was hilarious. Maybe they are ok with ARod on one level but on another level they love sticking it to him too.

  25. Jason - May 10, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    You must not follow your team because A-Rod is not the one going to be plunked. It’s going to be Tex since they can’t plunk Burnett.
    It seems Burnett had a comment about Grandma then went out and got shelled.
    I don’t see the A’s plunking Jeter because he is the only one that has class on the Yankees.

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