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Francisco Rodriguez had "manhood challenged" and "mother insulted" before attack

Aug 13, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

According to the New York Daily News “the one-sided fight” between Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Pena, the 53-year-old father of his girlfriend, began Wednesday night “when Pena challenged Rodriguez’s manhood and insulted his mother after the crazed closer began shouting about the latest Mets loss.”

Based on police reports and various sources, here’s how the newspaper describes the scene that took place in the Citi Field family lounge:

“Stop acting like a baby,” one source quoted Pena as telling the volatile Rodriguez inside a Citi Field lounge designated for players’ families. “Man up, and play better.” K-Rod’s mother told Pena to keep his mouth shut, prompting a screaming match in Spanish between the pair, the source said. “You can’t talk to my mami that way!” Rodriguez shouted before landing the first of many punches in the Wednesday night mismatch.

The 6-feet, 195-pound hard-throwing righty pinned the defenseless Pena against a wall outside the Mets’ clubhouse while raining blows on his head and face, prosecutors said. Stadium security, after hearing the 53-year-old’s howls, yanked the four-time All-Star away, officials said. The beating occurred in full view of Peña’s common-law wife, along with the children and girlfriends of other players.

Jose Reyes’ wife and children were reportedly in the room for all of that, but the shortstop said merely “it is what it is” when asked about the situation yesterday and for the most part Rodriguez’s teammates have been supportive. However, the incident has opened the floodgates on stories about Rodriguez’s previous bad behavior, which most media members in New York have apparently been keeping under wraps until now.

  1. hooks024 - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    sheeet, i keeps it real, yo. don’t be dissin my momma or i’ll beat you down, g!
    if i could go back in time, i’d find k-rod’s mother while she was pregnant with him and kick her in the stomach so the world would never have to deal with this d-bag.

  2. BC - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    They’ve been keeping the past under wraps beacuse there was never any reason to bring it up until now. It’s sort of like the Kirby Puckett deal – his past never came up until he went Rothlesberger on some woman.

  3. YankeesfanLen - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Maybe there could be a “Monday Afternoon Class Ratings” Yankees still #1, and Metrpolitans mired at #30. Sure, we have the occasional pitcher hitting inanimate objects, but then they’re either gone or thoroughly admonished.
    We all know where the Wilpons and the rest of their front office will take this- nowhere. Perhaps more disappointing is that the players will not administer any clubhouse justice (please, not in a physical way).It’s as if there are 25 on the roster buzzing around in their own disconnected world. Kind of like their defense.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Kind of like MLB’s position and the media reporting on steroids?

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Well I guess he showed him then didn’t he?

  6. Kiwicricket - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Francisco Rodriguez had “challenged manhood” and “insulted mother” before attack.

  7. Ace2000 - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    I’m having trouble wrapping my head around this one. Reporters are actually sitting on salacious and embarrassing stories about Mets players? As it is, this team gets nothing but bad press.

  8. SDelMonte - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    I have to say, while there is no excusing what K-Rod did, this doesn’t seem all that horrid either. Really. How many of us, if someone were goading us and then insulted our mothers, wouldn’t at least get really angry and want to hit someone? And speaking as someone who used to have a rotten temper, I am willing to cut K-Rod some slack.
    I feel like this is becoming just another excuse to insult the Mets.

  9. BC - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Yeah, like that.

  10. Bull Durham - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Having a hard time believing that part too.

  11. mike wants wins - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Hitting someone because of something they say, that’s kind of the problem with the world, right? Violence in the face of being dissed, that should not be acceptable behavior in a mature society.

  12. Gobias Industries - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    “The incident has opened the floodgates on stories about Rodriguez’s previous bad behavior, which most media members in New York have apparently been keeping under wraps until now.”
    The Mariano Rivera story you linked to was reported two years ago when Rodriguez signed with the Mets. This isn’t breaking news. Nobody has kept anything “under wraps”. I mean, seriously, why would the New York media even keep this or any other mildly controversial news under wraps?

  13. mongo48 - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    K-rod is a d-bag…. I am a big Met fan and let’s face it, from the ownership on down THEY SUCK! K-Bag is a bully and his “teammates” aught to kick his ass for behaving like that in front of their families.
    This is an easy one to get right Fred and Jeff, grow a pair and throw this idiot out on the street! he sucks anyway!

  14. JBerardi - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    SDelMonte, knock it off. We’re trying to have a civilization here.

  15. paul - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    How does the GM keep his job? He signed this goof troop. He was bidding against himself for K Rod

  16. Tim Rainier - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    SDelMonte, the problem is – We’re not professional athletes. Pro athletes are paid millions of dollars to not only perform on the field but to live up to the higher standards they’re expected to live up to.
    That higher standard is there because we expect them to handle situations like these more respectably.
    Resorting to violence is a tell-tale sign of losing control.

  17. kyle s - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    ah, so what if there was some kids in the room. it’s a teaching moment.

  18. David - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    If I beat someone up at my job I would be fired right away. No 2 day suspension, no more paycheck every week. That is the basic standard of a civilized society.
    “He was asking for it” is not an acceptable defense. Plus, the guy was right. If KRod and team played better, they wouldn’t lose as much.

  19. Kiwicricket - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    FINALLY someone is thinking of the children!
    Speaking of children….Reyes has kids? Yikes.

  20. Bigblue Yank - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    The Met’s have become a second rate, second division organization. Being a Yankee fan, it reminds me of the 80’s in the Bronx. A bunch of overvalued, aging bums brought in to play with Mattingly. The Wipons must be related to the Cablevision Dolans. Neither has a clue. Omar should have been let go 2 yrs ago.
    What was Santana thinking? Oh ya, the $ is mightier than winning the World Series.
    Go Yanks!!!!!!!!!!

  21. dsmith4444 - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Yoy’re a real phi beta kappa aren’t you. Vapid idiot!!!

  22. Chard - Aug 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Tim Rainier: Wrong, they are paid millions of dollars to do something amazing in the sporting arenas and keep us entertained. Anyone who holds them to higher expectations is a small minded person who still believes in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. Also, you shouldn’t be looking to someone you DON’T know to be an example of how you or your children should carry themselves. Especially people who have a lot of monetary wealth… I think the parable goes something like, “It is easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the gates of heaven.”
    Carlos Pena got a similar whoopin’ like PJ Carlesimo got from Spreewell. At the end of the day, most of us would not poke, prod & insult another man that we thought could kick our behinds… Mr. Pena should have kept his mouth shut and aired out his displeasure with K-Fraud at home in front of the t.v. or in the stands with other fans.
    Now, if it turns out that K-Fraud has a history of domestic abuse, Mr. Pena is a lousy father to not do all he can do to get his daughter out of that situation. He OBVIOUSLY wasn’t trying to save her by attending Mets games in fashion or by choosing to chastise K-Fraud for his shortcomings on the field, not in regards to being a man who treats others with dignity or respect.

  23. steelers rule - Aug 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Deport his ass!

  24. jo jo is smiling - Aug 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    BigBlue you are not too smart (maybe agenius since you are a Yankee fan)…the Mets NEVER were anything but a 2nd class organization.

  25. jerome perry - Aug 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    what a horrible meltdown by K-Rod

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