Pitcher intentionally hits the most hated man in sports

Pitcher intentionally hits the most hated man in sports

New York Yankees' Alex Rodríguez—probably the most hated man in sports—was the object of Red Sox's pitcher Ryan Dempster's ire during today's game in Boston. Dempster repeatedly threw the ball to hit Rodríguez until he finally got to plunk him on the ribs on the fourth try.

Rodríguez—aka A-Rod—has been accused of using performance enhancement drugs provided by Biogenesis, a rejuvenation clinic based in Coral Gables, Florida. A 60 Minutes report claimed that Rodríguez leaked Biogenesis customer lists that included Major League Baseball names, including his teammates, apparently in an effort to spread the blame for his shameful practices.

Pending approvalOriginal post by Timothy Burke on Deadspin

Ryan Dempster Beans A-Rod, But Joe Girardi Is The One Punished

Despite repeatedly throwing at Alex Rodriguez in an obvious attempt to bean the Yankees slugger, Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster avoided on-field punishment in an incident Sunday night that left Joe Girardi ejected, the Boston bullpen looking for a fight, and the Yankees banned from retaliation.

It took Dempster four pitches to finally hit A-Rod, and after home plate umpire Brian O'Nora elected to "warn both benches" but not eject Boston's starting pitcher Girardi erupted in screams that quickly got himself tossed. Meanwhile, the Red Sox bullpen rushed onto the field toward Alex Rodriguez for reasons that remain unclear; it doesn't appear any Yankees other than Girardi even left the dugout, so perhaps they all wanted to fight A-Rod?

ESPN analysts, of course, got into the thick moralizing quickly, while later pandering to retaliation fantasies. [ESPN]

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