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Angels borrow Fernando Rodney’s bow-and-arrow schtick in walk-off win

Jul 20, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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Though it’s done in the name of good-natured fun, Fernando Rodney‘s bow-and-arrow celebration after nailing down a save has, at times, rubbed people the wrong way. Rodney did it again after getting two outs to finish out the eighth inning. The Angels decided to borrow it when they came from behind against Rodney and eventually walked off 6-5 winners in the ninth inning on Sunday.

Down 5-4, Mike Trout led off the ninth inning with a walk, then used his speed to score from first on an Albert Pujols double to right field. After Trout scored, Pujols mimicked firing a bow-and-arrow towards Trout (and, he says, the Angels dugout). Trout returned the shot back to Pujols. The Angels would take a 6-5 victory when Grant Green pushed a two-out single up the middle to score Josh Hamilton.

Video of the Pujols hit and bow-and-arrow act:

There’s no bad blood between the two sides, however:

Rodney has had a great year for the Mariners, as the blown save was just his third of the season in 30 save opportunities. He still carries a 2.33 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 44/16 K/BB ratio.

The Athletics won as well on Sunday to improve to 61-37, so the 59-38 Angels remain 1.5 games out of first place in the AL West. The Mariners fall to 52-46, nine games out of first.

  1. 1998yanks - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Being in California, I am surprised pujols didn’t get charged with possession of an imaginary dangerous weapon. Their laws are out of control.

    • Al - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM


    • Uncle Charlie - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Unlike outlawing large beverages?

    • fantasticmrhandsome - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      What laws are you speaking of, Professor?

  2. ch0psuey - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Rodney’s antics (and hat wearing style) are pretty tired, glad the Angels showed him what they think of his act.

    • rainboltje - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Rodney tilts his hat to one side as homage to his father who, while working on the sugar planatations in the DR, would tilt his hat to one side to block out the sun. ‘Pretty tired’, I suppose.

      • ch0psuey - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        Still Tired, Yes.

    • illbarry - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      The Angles needed 3 days to do it. Rodney also pitched the night before a 12 inning game after Fridays 16 inning game. In all 3 games a total of one run decided the 3 game series. As for the hat more people should honor their fathers and have the respect Rodney does for his!

      • jarathen - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        It always seemed a dumb thing to pick on Rodney for. I’m annoyed at how much he stunk in Anaheim, the hat thing doesn’t matter to me. If you play good ball, who cares?

  3. packerpride03 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    You failed to mention that Rodney did this arrow thing at the angels dugout before the inning

    • thegoods24 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      Jeff S? Is that you?

    • illbarry - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      No he did not.

      • 1981titan - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:20 AM

        illbarry – Maybe you should have watched the game before commenting. Rodney Did his arrow sthick directly at the Angels dugout after the 8th inning, not toward center field or anywhere else. He was pointing directly at Mike Sococia & Mike Butcher. Maybe he has reason for any animosity toward the Angel coaching staff. They couldn’t help him when he was here & he went on to two All Star seasons, but he should have waited until he got the save.

  4. xpensivewinos - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Wearing his hat like a schmuck is way more annoying than the silly bow and arrow thing.

    I think Pujols and Trout were just having fun…..

  5. kiwicricket - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Act like a tool, someone might mention it. Such is life.
    Everyone was plainly aware that he made a giant plantain of himself, so slightly petty of Pujols.

  6. geejon - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I love it!! Don’t have a problem with Rodney’s act and the Angels “borrowing” it was even better. You need some characters or guys with some flair. If everyone was some gosh, golly, gee, shucks type it wouldn’t be as fun. It’s a game not a funeral nor a United Nations meeting. Let some guys have fun. When it crosses over into disrespect that’s something else but this was great today.

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Exactly. Guys should have fun playing baseball…it is more fun for everyone.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        This “Major League” guys should also abandon that unwritten rule kind of crap or whatever the hell that is.

    • infieldhit - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      As pointed out, Rodney did it at the Angels dugout, not the outfield or something, and it was only the 8th.

      But as great as the comeback was to see, I’d like to think the Angels would’ve tried just as hard to win regardless of “motivation.”

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        they’ve been trying all year long! As mentioned, they’ve had 30 come from behind wins this year. This has been a really fun year for Halos fans, especially after the last few disappointing campaigns.

  7. kiwicricket - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    The bow and arrow thing isn’t much different from several others stupid antics after the ‘save’….It’s wearing your cap like a bell-end which is really tedious.

    • illbarry - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      The reason he wears his hat that way is well known by now. It is out of respect and honor for his father. His father was a very poor farmer in the Dominican who worked in the sugar cane fields and would change his hat during to day to shade his eyes. Rodney as many MLB players are not from your culture and what you wish to read into it. You should have half of he respect he does for his father and the world would be a better place.

      • kiwicricket - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:44 AM

        From my culture? Please explain.
        Yeah, his old man grew up poor…I get it. So did many other guys fathers.
        Since when was it good form to ‘honor’ our fathers by looking and acting like a moron?

  8. 1998yanks - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Sorry guys. It was a joke. I lived in California for 30 yrs. you have to wait 2 weeks to buy a gun, fingerprint for ammo, and don’t even think about getting a concealed weapons permit. There are several others that I won’t bore you with. Just chalk it up as a bad joke. By the way I don’t live in New York either.

    • yournuts - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Don’t forget the Ban on selling Foie Gras and the health warning on soda.

      • tuberippin - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:13 AM

        Really? We’re going from baseball to complaining about a ban on foie gras?? FFS.

    • illbarry - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      I do not think it was a bad joke at all. Rodney was just on the MLB all star team with Trout, there was no animosity, in 3 games one total run decided the series. No game was decided before the 9th inning and two were extra innings. Although I am a M’s fan I realize the players have to give off some steam. Rodney leads the league and he said they got to him today. Next game we will see.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Normally I would have a problem with this sort of thing, but considering that Rodney decided to act a fool and celebrate in the 8th inning, he deserves to be shown up. Next time, wait for the game to be finalized before you show up your opponent. And expect them to retaliate.

    On a side note, don’t the unwritten rules require Rodney, Pujols, and Trout to all be taken out to the woodshed for showing a) Emotion b) showing up the opponent c) having fun in a game which is illegal apparently? /s

  10. rockycolavito - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Heaven forbid not being able to walk into a 7-11 and buy a glock or some ammo for your ak. If you want “freedom” like that, there’s a great African nation, I won’t mention the name but it begins with So and ends with Malia, that you are more than welcome to visit. And I’m sure you can get all the super charged exploded goose liver you want, too.

    • kiwicricket - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:47 AM

      So Somalia has 7/11’s? And you can buy automatic weapon ammunition in them?
      Learn a new thing every day. Especially on baseball sites.

  11. bigguy54 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    I suppose you guys had the same feelings for Jr when he wore his hat backwards, find something important to complain about.

    As for him shooting the arrow into the Angels dugout, I thought it was foolish, and it was funny when Pujols shot it back at him. I am also an M’s fan. I am not sure if it made a difference, but he should not have done it. I have no problem after the game, or when he did it at the All Star game. Don’t do it before the job is done through.

    • jarathen - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      The end result creates the narrative, and people love to see Rodney’s tilted hat as some kind of individual affront to the righteousness of baseball, which is of course ludicrous.

      Rodney challenged the Angels, and the Angels fought back and won. It was a great game with some great theatrics, and I’m glad no one is crying about it the next day. It was FUN.

  12. rockycolavito - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Yup they do. Just like Cali has oppressive laws robbing you of your freedoms.

  13. carefreejt6 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    everyone giving rodney a hard time about his ” tired act” when he admitted he got beat by them and didn’t seem to care when he heard the news. was a fun ending to the game, not sure why people care one way or the other when nothing was blatantly disrespectful when the player who got shown up didn’t complain. should make rodney more enjoyable to watch that he likes having some fun while competing his best against the other teams best

  14. jerseydevi1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Loved the back and forth with the bow and arrow deal, especially the way Rodney handled it. Guys having fun playing a game.

    I appreciate the background on his hat thing, didn’t know that. It still irritates me though. That and the flat-brimmed deal. It’s a Ball Cap, wear it like a ballplayer during the game. If he wants to do the sideways thing during BP, before the game, after the game, on his way home, who cares? During the game, straighten your hat out and give it a slight bend. Not sure what irritates me more, the hats nowadays or the pajama pants.

    I know, I know I sound like a cranky old man, but if there was that much of a difference in uniform style in any other league (NFL, NHL, NBA) the player would be fined. Just pick a style so that the uniforms look, you know, uniform. PA and League office agree on flat brims? Flat brims across the board! Same for baggy pants vs. high socks, Loose vs. fitted jerseys, etc.

  15. sweetnlow44 - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I’m a Mariner fan and can’t stand the crooked hat. I don’t care what excuse he has for doing it. Honor your father by wearing your hat straight like a professional. The bow and arrow thing is dumb too.

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