A-Rod is like Angela Lansbury in that old TV series my grandmother used to watch. You know, every time her character went on vacation someone got murdered at the place she happened to be staying and she'd take the next 48 minutes of the episode to solve the case? Except A-Rod is not an old woman, no one is dead, and he's not solving anything. So it's actually not like that at all. Except that trouble does seem to find him wherever he goes.
However big or small a deal it is to step on a guy's – err – rubber – all I know is that A-Rod continues to be a magnet for absurd mini-flare-ups. I also know that A's starter Dallas Braden seems to have a lot of repressed anger. Some of the choice quotes after A-Rod's latest supposed transgression of etiquette:
Braden: 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. (Had to stick the crack about his captain in there didn't you kid?)
A-Rod: I've never heard of that in my career.
Braden: I don’t go over there and run laps at third base. I don’t spit over there. I stay away. You guys ever see anybody run across the mound like that? He ran across the pitcher’s mound. Foot on my rubber. No, that’s not flying. We’re not the doormat anymore…Maybe it doesn’t come across his mind to do that to the Oakland A’s, but maybe it does enter his mind to not do it against the Boston Red Sox or to not do it against another team. It didn’t even enter his mind, so I aided him with that.
A-Rod: He just told me to get off his mound. That was a little surprising. I’ve never quite heard that. Especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career. (Had to stick that one in there, didn't you A-Rod?)
Braden: I don’t have a handful of wins. I only have three. Do the math, A-Rod. (oohh boooyyyeeeeeeee, you got him that time! Umm…sort of….)
We don't have any more quotes from A-Rod because he apparently ducked out of the post-game interview – distracting the remaining beat reporters by shouting "Ha!" and slapping the tape recorder out of Sweeny Murti's hand.
Oh yeah, the Yankees lost, though they turned the first triple play in more than 40 years of franchise history. And it was started by Emily Post at 3rd base.