What Was A-Rod Thinking?Posted: April 24, 2010
Scouting Report: Highest paid baseball player. Constantly in People Magazine which is really weird to me.
Scouting Report: Likes yelling at guys for running over the mound. That’s all I got on the guy.
Apparently Alex Rodriguez jogged over the mound after Robinson Cano hit a ball foul. Eventually the inning ended with a double play by the A’s and Braden decided to say,
“Get off my mound.”
“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.”
Seems pretty straight forward. Alex once again stumbles with his words by saying that he has never heard of anyone saying that before. Then he says “Especially” from a guy who has a handful of wins which really leads us to believe that he has heard that before? Heck I don’t know.
“The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette. He should probably take a note from his captain over there,” Braden said, referring to Yankees leader Derek Jeter, “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,” he said.
Guy is sure trying to prove his case. He has decided to jump Jeter into the conversation to sway opinion. Kind of a lame move there. Braden uses the possessive “My” which leads me to believe that he feels some sort of ownership to that mound. That’s weird. Finally he sends the final blow by saying go do laps in the bullpen. I have no idea what that means. Braden doesn’t use any “possessive noun” here so I assume he is giving the green light to jog over the bullpen mounds. Problem is that those mounds are really far away from Rodriquez’s intended destination which is 1st base.
Does the Defendant Have Anything Else 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,” Braden said. “It’s not like I throw 95 (mph) and I’m going to hurt him. He’ll know I was there, though.”
Asked if Rodriguez said he was sorry, Braden said no.
“The guy was tasting himself too long to apologize,” he said. “No, he didn’t apologize. And it’s a shame. I have a lot of respect for that guy, everything he’s done in the game. It’s just disappointing when you see the other side of things.”
Wow. So it seems like Braden is at the point of no return here. Normally a player would cool off and start to settle down. But in a surprise move, Braden goes way past anything we have seen before and threatens Alex by saying that “he will know that I am there.”
Finally, when there are no more options, Braden goes nuclear by saying that Alex is “Tasting himself.” Braden goes “All in” with his chips. This is truly historical.
So is Braden Right?
Mr. Braden invoked the law of “unwritten rules.” The biggest problem with this is that we literally have no book to go through on this one. In lieu of this, I will use the actions of a “reasonable person” in my model.
Alex is caught in between second base and third base after Cano hits a ball foul. Using my high school geometry as the backbone of this point, I know that the quickest way from one point to another is a straight line. Rodriguez has to get back to 1st base, and the mound stands in his way. Does a reasonable person just jog over the mound?
I believe he does.
There is no unwritten rule that a player can’t jog over the mound. I know that because I am looking at the invisible unwritten rulebook. Here is a the exact quote from the book,
What? You don’t see anything? C’mon it is right below the 1st rule. Right there! You telling me you don’t see anything? Jeez…ok….I’ll just translate it for you.
It basically states that a player is allowed to walk over anything that is connected to the Earth if it is located on a baseball field.
This is a clear case of going way overboard and I would have some serious concerns about Braden. If Braden was really in the right, his answer would have been something like this,
“He ran over the mound and we all know that players don’t do that.”
End of statement. The truth is simple.
Did he really think this was a big enough problem that his manager had to come out and restrain him? The guy fired his glove against the wall. Then he takes it to a level unseen in baseball history by hitting the Gatorade jug. That’s incredible. This was a full blown loss of mind. Dude lost his mind.
In the case of Dallas Braden vs. Alex Rodriguez, I find the defendant, Alex Rodriguez, not guilty.
You lost your mind. Even if you felt like the defendant was disrespecting you in some way, your actions went way past any reasonable reaction. So much so that your actions prove your guilt. Next time you use the word etiquette, you should really take a long look in the mirror because not a single action you took can be construed as appropriate. You called out a guy because you couldn’t cool yourself off and see that he is simply trying to get back to first base. Mr Braden, that was embarrassing.