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Ryan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez with a fastball, umpire ejects Joe Girardi

Aug 18, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto Reuters

After the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, third baseman Alex Rodriguez led off the top of the second inning for the Yankees. Sox starter Ryan Dempster‘s first pitch to Rodriguez was a fastball that went behind him towards his legs. Dempster’s next two pitches were waist-high inside, and on the fourth pitch Dempster plunked Rodriguez in the shoulder with a fastball. A very pleased Red Sox crowd became raucous, cheering in support of their pitcher. The benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora immediately issued warnings to both dugouts. An irate Joe Girardi stormed out of the Yankees dugout pleading for Dempster to be ejected. Instead, Girardi was tossed and the game resumed with Dempster allowed to continue his outing despite the rather obvious intent of his previous four pitches. Yankees starter CC Sabathia did not retaliate on behalf of Rodriguez.

On Friday, Red Sox starter John Lackey told the media that he thinks A-Rod shouldn’t be playing baseball. Girardi fired back, telling Lackey that if he doesn’t like A-Rod’s right to play while he appeals his 211-game suspension, he should help negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.

Personal battles aside, this is an important game for both teams. At the moment, the 73-52 Red Sox have a tenuous 1.5-game lead over the second-place Rays in the AL East while the 63-59 Yankees are just 6.5 games out of the second Wild Card in the American League.

Update: Here’s a .gif of the first and fourth pitches of the at-bat, courtesy @Triples_Alley.

213 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. udub - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Wow…hitting a beloved figure like A-Rod. That takes real guts.

  2. mrlaloosh - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    A bush league move from a bush league player on a bush league team in a bush league city in a bush league state.

    • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

      • getintotalk - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        “bush league” – second level, minor league, inferior quality. Hmmm, seems about right. He nailed it.

      • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Brohonestly. I had no idea what that word meant. Thanks for letting me know :P

      • lordfletcher - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        as a Twins fan, I loved every pitch.

        I have nothing against either team or town. A-Rod deserves nothing but the worst as he is a POS.

        If he was a Twin, I would think the exact same. He is scum. nothing more needs to be said

    • gymtruthteller - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Says the Yankee fan who supports Yankees who TURN IN OTEHR YANKEES. Get a clue

      • gunnyginalaska - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        Yeah, who needs honesty and integrity.

    • davemvh - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Wipe your chin sport,you got some Arod running down it.

    • ordcaptain - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      I take it you are a Yankees fan. How about a bush league PED user who uses bush league loopholes to play when he should be sitting at home watching on his tv. And if anyone should hate yankees, its not Boston, its Atlanta.

      • basedrum777 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        I’m a Yankees season ticket holder who think arod should be suspended for life BUT you can’t throw at any player in baseball 4 times and not get thrown out of the game. Its a known rule and its bs that they didn’t enforce it. Just b/c we liked seeing arod get hit doesn’t excuse the method with which it was done. Either hit him with the first pitch or move along.

  3. gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Oh and one more thing. This is the oldest rivalry in history. Knowing what’s happened in the past between these two teams did anyone HONESTLY expect any different? Think about it.

    • jstall120 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Yea who are we to expect the respect and decencey out of the red Sox?!?! What where we thinking?

      • badintent - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Sox never cheat

        I’m Man Ram and I approved this message .

    • zuprczar - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      you’re description of it being the oldest rivalry in history is innaccurate. It’s not a rivalry when one side always wins. So for most of the 20th century the Yankees and their fans had no reason to hate the Red Sox even though the Red Sox and their fans had plenty of reason to hate the Yankees. The rivalry is more of a recent thing, not something that was going on since the 1920s

      • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Fair enough, I’ll give you that. I’m really trying to figure out ways to get people to quit arguing over something that was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m really wondering whether or not this would be a big deal if it were someone else, OTHER than Dempster or anyone on the Red Sox for that matter.

      • zuprczar - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        no, it wouldn’tbe a big deal if it weren’t the Red Sox. But i’m not surprised that it was the Red Sox that did it, since they have more of that special hatred for everything Yankees than any other team does. But Red Sox fans have hated A-Rod ever since he chose to go to New York istead of Boston

      • jcs1602 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        What? The Red Sox have won more WS than the Yanks over the past 10 years.

      • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        I mean, I’m not surprised either. I don’t know if it’s obvious, but I’m a Sox fan myself, and while I acknowledge that it was a lack of class on Dempster’s part to hit him like that, part of me somewhere wants to secretly mail him a ball that says “Hit him again”.

      • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Then again, that’s what bias tends to do. Clouds your judgement from what’s really there.

    • metfan05 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      It may be the oldest rivalry in baseball but not in sports. That is Duke vs North Carolina and that is a much bigger rivalry as well.

      • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Yeah, sorry about that. I accidentally a word.

      • ambaryerno - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        It’s not even the oldest rivalry in baseball. The St. Louis/Chicago rivalry goes all the way back to the late-19th century (either 1875 or 1882, depending on when you start counting). The team that would become the Yankees didn’t exist until 1901

      • basedrum777 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        ambaryerno, no one gives a shit about the cubs and cards except fans of those teams. They have a combined history of like 17 ws’s. Total. Between the two of them. And its the midwest.

    • jackvcr - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      No bozo, it’s not the oldest rivalry in history. Rodriguez is a POS, like another poster said.

      • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        Woah, woah, woah, woah, WOAHHHH. Simmah down, son.

    • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Well apparently I need to clarify by saying it’s “one of the most famous kind-of-sort-of rivalries in baseball that’s been going on for somewhat of a really long time” since I’m catching heat. My bad. I’m just stupid.

      Or as I SHOULD say, “Wicked retahded”.

      • badintent - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        The only thing we have to fear is fear it’s self. And all the nerds that run to their Elias sport record books. No life, no girlfriends , no way

  4. golfrangeman - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Really amazing. These fans (if that’s what you want to call them ) boo Rodriquez when they have there own steroid baby on there team (Ortiz) talk about a bunch of hypocrites .

    • zuprczar - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Ortiz will be plunked bofore the night is over

    • jcs1602 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Did Ortiz rat out a bunch of fellow players – including a teammate? ARod is scum.

      • djeter220 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        To be fair, neither did ARod.

  5. banger60 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    And the secret word is, wait for it…………HYPOCRITES, all day long.

  6. BeEtLjOoZ - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Reblogged this on #LouisianaMultiverse.

  7. pgilbert15303 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Keep it classy Boston? Stop cheating New York..

    All I know, is you are behind a petulant baby boy whom is guilty and suing the Yankees while he turned on his own teammate… Keep it classy A-hole.

    I remember how ALL of you Yankee fans busted our stones for pulling off a last minute deal stealing as-hole away from Boston.., Deal with it big boys! Pay his salary and send him off into retirement… It’s only a few more years of that monster salary.

    Peace out!

    • chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Yeah, because no one on Boston used steroids: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2009/07/31/ortiz_confirms_he_tested_positive_in_2003/

      • bsoxfan98 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Have you read this article? Testing was done for everything and without giving players a list. This doesn’t mean steroids dude.

      • chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        They weren’t testing for players using Advil.Of course it’s steroids or HGH or something of that ilk.

      • davemvh - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        TEN years ago,whats your point.He didnt try to buy evidence and destroy it.Get over the fact that Arod is a POS.

      • chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        Oh I have no doubt that Alex is a POS; just pointing out that Boston has just as many PsOS in their clubhouse.

      • chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        and it’s true – Ortiz didn’t try to buy or destroy evidence, he just called the people who accused him of using steroids racists.

    • badintent - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      bobby valentine says grow up ! And keep sending those checks for my salary.For this year.Chumpasses

  8. banger60 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    bigdaddy, since you brought Gotti up, did you know he got slapped around in prison like bit*h, just saying, carry on.

  9. chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Funniest part is that Dempster’s so bad it took him four pitches to hit a guy.

    • getintotalk - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Too funny. I thought the same thing. Such a lack of control that he couldn’t hit A-Rod below the waist. He just gave up and plunked him in the torso rather than suffer the humiliation of walking a guy he was trying to hit. What a clown.

      • chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Reminded me of Yankees Mets about 10 years ago when Clemens was drilling Piazza and Glendon Rusch tried to hit a Yankee and ended up throwing the ball about fifteen feet behind Jeter.

  10. lickmyanalarea - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    It does not surprise me people set off bombs in this city.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Congratulations on making the most ignorant and classless comment of the day. You actually feel innocent people deserved to be maimed and killed just because you don’t like their baseball team?

    • Glenn - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      You’d think someone with your handle would have a classier comment. Go figure.

    • sandpiperair - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      That is a horrible thing to say. You’re a real scumbag.

    • lickmyanalarea - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      I ran in the Boston marathon and all I got was this lousy piece of shrapnel.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Ah, so you aren’t merely a moron who got over-angry about an on-field event. You are also a crass, juvenile troll.

        Thanks for clearing that up; you will now be duly ignored.

  11. lickmyanalarea - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Big Plopi likes his steroids too.

    • drewzducks - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      And your mom likes dropping to her knees at the nearest street corner. What’s your point.

      • lickmyanalarea - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        lol … that the best ya got LOSER. Classic Boston bleat. Nice try.

    • drewzducks - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      You’d prefer a ” it’ does not surprise me people fly planes into buildings in your city”? I’ll save the A hole comments to the guy who, based on his name, is an expert. A more fitting name for you is “ilickmantaint”.

  12. imakcds - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    beyond the rivalry, did anybody think that Dempster’s actions will be repeated by other players on other teams who have Integrity and earned their spots with hard work?
    There are many who will view A-Rod as an undeserving punk, and it’s an opportunity to Legally make him feel pain. Long as they don’t go head hunting, I see it happening frequently.

    • bsoxfan98 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Undeserving? They all universally dislike Braun and Arod.

    • boh930 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      “There are many who will view A-Rod as an undeserving punk, and it’s an opportunity to Legally make him feel pain. Long as they don’t go head hunting, I see it happening frequently.”

      But… isn’t that the definition of head hunting?

  13. gymtruthteller - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Someone give the Yankee fans some kleenex I think they need it for all their tears.

    EVERY team should throw at A-Roid. If they hit the rat he will sink

    • badintent - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Don’t wake him up throwing at him . Then he homers and your team loses ! Karma is a bitch.Red sox choke continues. Rays will be in First by next week.

  14. junglerat524 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Hit him again! Every freakin day!

  15. gunnyginalaska - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    They should refuse to pitch to the steaming pile of dung. Or intentionally walk the crud until he finally goes away. A-Rod is the type of player that made me no longer follow baseball. Greed. Drugs. Player’s strikes.

    • eightyraw - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      Players strikes? Surely you mean the owners lockout. Bud Selig and the owners cancelled the World Series. How could you possibly blame the players here? Yeah the players are greedy, not the billionaire owners who fleece taxpayers.

      “Judge Sonia Sotomayor helped end the 1995 Major League Baseball strike with a ruling against Major League Baseball owners in their collective bargaining dispute with players.”

      “The owners had sought to end the existing free agency and salary arbitration systems and imposed a lock-out against players as negotiations crumbled. The ruling ended the strike, which had begun on Aug. 12, 1994 and ended up cancelling the World Series that season.”

    • raysfan1 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      If you no longer follow baseball, why read and comment on articles on a baseball blog? It kind of flies in the face of your assertion that you do not follow the game.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        So many hateful comments from so many unfamiliar handles…

  16. yankees218 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    @brooma You’re my new best friend. Seriously.

  17. Marty Silvert - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    If Aroid would have rushed the mound, he would have had both teams after him.

  18. drewsylvania - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Red Sox fan here. Rodriguez a dick, but throwing at people is really just assclownery, and Dumpster should have been tossed.

  19. lickmyanalarea - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    oston, Ugly people. Ugly city. Ugly Baseball team. Eat some more beans.

    • gissiez - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Bro, beans are delicious. They’re the magical fruit, ya know.

  20. dcarroll73 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    If this NONSENSE is repeated in one more game, the Yankee pitcher should aim at the HEAD of the best player on the offending team. No quarter. No prisoners. If they want war, I say let’s give it to them and give it to them hard.

    • jeff91121 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      That is funny….a-fraud has basically declared war against the yankees. I am amazed that any yankee fans can even look at this clown without throwing up in their mouths.

  21. pastabelly - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I’m surprised it took this long for someone to drill Rodriguez, who clearly disgraced the sport. He also ratted out others and has been a coward and money grubbing frontrunner his whole career. This should have happened sooner. I’d like to see it happen more.

  22. chip56 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Bring Joba in to start the 7th and drill Ortiz? Suspending Joba would actually be a huge favor for the Yankees at this point.

  23. yahmule - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Everyone mentions Ortiz, but Manny was dirty, too. 86 years they waited for tainted titles.

    • sandpiperair - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      The “tainted title” idea is idiotic. It’s called the steroid era for a reason. Which team had a clean championship? Clearly not the Yankees.

      • yahmule - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Tainted, bitch.

  24. banger60 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Marty Silvert, that’s some funny sh*t, LOL!

  25. jeff91121 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    As a Tigers fan…I love it. If I were a manager I would tell my pitcher to feel free to throw at a-fraud any time he wants to, as long as the game is out of reach. A-fraud is an absolute disgrace to the game. The ped use is one thing…but his constant lying, having his people out others, hiring a pitbull lawyer to attack mlb and his team is beyond over the line.

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