A-Rod Pisses Off Oakland A’s Pitcher Dallas Braden

Is there anyone left on this planet who likes Alex Rodriguez?  You can cross Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden off the list.  The 26 year old pitcher didn’t take too kindly to A-Rod’s blatant disrespect in yesterday’s matinee game.  Rodriguez was on first base and the Yankees had Robinson Cano at the plate.  Cano fouled off the first pitch and Rodriguez was on the move.  He rounded second base and was halfway to third when the umpire deemed the ball foul.  So A-Rod proceeded to run back to first.  However, he broke an unwritten rule in baseball that “at no time should a batter or player from the opposing team step on the pitchers mound”.  A-Rod ran right across the top of the mound to get back to first base and that really pissed off Dallas Braden.  REALLY pissed off Dallas Braden.  Braden exchanged words with Rodriguez from the mound before the next pitch.  The following pitch was a ground ball that forced a double play to end the inning.  So water under the bridge right?  Wrong!  Braden continued to ream A-Rod as he walked to his dug out, throwing his glove and kicking some cups on the way.  When asked about the incident Braden said,

“The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette. He should probably take a note from his captain over there because you don’t run across the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during the game.  I was just dumbfounded that he would let that slip his mind.  I was just trying to convey to him that I was still out there, that ball’s in my hand and that’s my pitcher’s mound. If he wants to run across the pitcher’s mound, tell him to go do laps in the bullpen.”

Braden went on to say, “I’m not really a speck on that guy’s radar but he’ll know after today that it might not be a good idea to run across the mound when I’m out there.  It’s not like I throw 95 [mph] and I’m going to hurt him. He’ll know I was there, though.”

A-Rod shrugged off the pitchers accusations with his usual egotistical attitude.  “He just told me to get off his mound,” Rodriguez said. “I was a little surprised. I’ve never quite heard that, especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career.  I’ve never even heard of that in my career and I still don’t know. I thought it was pretty funny, actually.”

Check out the video of the incident below:

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