Days later, baseball fined Girardi $5,000. It fined Dempster only $2,500 and suspended him for a mere five games, which was OK with him and the Red Sox because starting pitchers play only once every five days. Tacitly, the league was informing its pitchers that it’s OK to hit A-Rod with a pitch any time they want.
Rodriguez got a modicum of revenge later in the game by hitting a massive home run off Dempster that helped the Yankees win. But A-Rod is today a marked man — marked by more than the bruise on his ribs.
The situation has gotten way out of hand. Alex Rodriguez is a cheat and a scoundrel who despite his prodigious baseball accomplishments will need a ticket if he expects to get into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but he’s not Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot.
Rodriguez is a human being who plays a game and who could get seriously hurt by a thrown ball or even by a crazed fan with a weapon. Old Tertullian was right. “The perversity of it!”
Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/sampollak.