Wednesday, August 21, 2013

David Ortiz voices disapproval of A-Rod beaning


Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz doesn't approve of the fact that teammate Ryan Dempster decided to hit troubled New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez with a fastball in Sunday's game between the two bitter rivals.

It took Dempster four pitches before he was finally able to nail Rodriguez in his midsection. And it led to both benches clearing once the dirty deed was finally done.

Ortiz said he wasn't too fond of Dempster's actions.

"I didn't like it. I don't think it was the right thing to do,'' Ortiz told USA TODAY Sports. "But we don't all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It's not that I didn't think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone's on their own.

"But we've got Tampa right on our heels, and that pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees' team at that moment. You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You're talking about a good team that you can't wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.''

Rodriguez would get redemption later on in the affair and the Red Sox would eventually squander a three-run lead, losing to the Yankees, 9-6, in front of a rowdy crowd at Fenway Park.

Dempster has received a five-game suspension.


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