A Mountain out of a Molehill – Just Don’t Step on It!

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.

17 comments… add one
  • Dallas – it’s 2010, buddy. Get with the times. Half of the MLB Tonight staff had never even heard of that ‘rule’. Apparently it was big back in Bob Gibson’s day, but not really anymore. Hard to justify getting upset at someone for violating an unwritten rule that hasn’t really been around for 50 years.
    Embarrassing and unprofessional outburst by Braden, honestly (they call those things hissy fits). Can’t blame A-Rod for being confused and amused, although the ‘handful of wins’ comment is, as they say, just A-Rod bein’ A-Rod.

    AndrewYF April 23, 2010, 1:37 am
  • There’s a video of ARod’s “incident” over at Surviving Grady.
    I have honestly never heard of this mound rule either. Braden really lost his shit, and then goes bananas in the dugout after inducing an inning-ending double-play. I’ll use any excuse to call ARod a poor sportsman, but this is a stretch imo.

    Atheose - SF April 23, 2010, 7:36 am
  • ye gods that’s ridiculous. I mean, just effin stupid. Grow up, Braden. (Ned?)

    ponch - sf April 23, 2010, 8:24 am
  • I’m all with A-Rod here, but he needs to come up with better comebacks that don’t make him look like a bigger tool. Tell the kid to “Grow up” and move on. Even better if he called him Brandon.

    Paul from Waltham April 23, 2010, 8:41 am
  • That said, can we use “Get off my mound!” jokes when OAK comes to town?

    Paul from Waltham April 23, 2010, 8:44 am
  • I’m sort of sorry to keep this one going given how absurd it is but I missed some of the best Braden quotes (there are more than you would believe), including:
    “What do you think? The guy was tasting himself too much to apologize. I have a lot of respect for what he has done in the game, but I am disappointed to see the other side.”
    I have to admit that I’m not even sure I understand that one, though I imagine its got something to do with A-Rod’s reputation for self-love.
    Then there’s: “For him not to understand the baseball etiquette of running across that pitchers mound is right next to terrible.”
    Right next to terrible?!?! Really??? That’s a pretty low terrible-bar-setting don’t you think? Either that or “right next to terrible” sits “sort of strange but not really that big a deal”, in which case, A-Rod’s actions yesterday were indeed right next to terrible, along with wearing white after labor day and drinking red wine with seafood.
    “I am not a speck on his radar and that is fine, but I know I was out there and he will know not to do that again because there will be repercussions if it happens again.”
    OK, I hear the commissioner’s phone ringing now.
    Braden’s rant during the game and long after would seem – by his own metrics – to be “right next to normal” and “catty cornered to warranted”.

    IronHorse (YF) April 23, 2010, 8:53 am
  • Exactly. But where’s the comeback like “It’s like I stepped on his purse or something”?
    Can someone get the Centaur a writer?

    Paul from Waltham April 23, 2010, 9:10 am
  • Okay, what is the deal with the Oakland A’s and their fans and the ballpark-sized chip on their collective shoulder when it comes to the Red Sox? Even while this guy is trashing A-Rod, he has to take a random shot at the Sox? Oh, A-Rod would think twice about doing it against another *big market* team…are you people even listening to yourselves?!? I have no love for A-Rod, but seriously. Like the guy, doing something thoughtless and inconsiderate (even if Braden’s tirade was unwarranted), is going to stop and think about whether or not he’s in a big-market city or not before he does it?? Oakland is like the Glenn Beck of baseball at this point. Everything’s a huge East Coast conspiracy to keep them down, I guess.
    So much is made of the YF / SF rivalry, but I’ve had more bitter fights with A’s fans than I care to remember. Appears the players have absorbed the attitude, too.

    Beth April 23, 2010, 10:44 am
  • ARod is always stirring the pot…I love it.
    So either:
    A) ARod had a plan to try and upset the no-name pitcher by stepping on his territory, which he knew would piss him off and get him off his game…(which it didn’t, the no-name douchebag nobody actually had a good game to save his team from being swept)
    or
    B) ARod never really thought it was a big deal.
    If it’s A, I’m OK with it. Seems more likely it’s B though…

    krueg April 23, 2010, 11:31 am
  • thanks for my laugh of the day IH…

    dc April 23, 2010, 11:33 am
  • Any time dc, though I got my laugh from Beth:
    “Oakland is like the Glenn Beck of baseball at this point. Everything’s a huge East Coast conspiracy to keep them down”
    Loved that. Thanks Beth.
    And yes, it’s true. A psychiatrist could make a mint counseling braden through his multiple inferiority complexes – “we’re not the doormat ANYMORE”; “I am not a speck on his radar and that is fine” (sure seems like he’s fine doesn’t it?); “I only have three”; “Maybe it doesnt’ come across his mind to do that to the Oakland A’s, but…”
    It’s a cry for help people.
    Paging Dr. Krueg.

    IronHorse (YF) April 23, 2010, 11:51 am
  • My diagnosis IH?
    Douchbag-itis with a side of inferiority complex. Perhaps all the asbestos in that piece of shit stadium has given him brain damage? The lead based paint from the 70’s in the clubhouse?
    Seriously, I can see why the kid got pissed, I get it. But to freak out, especially when you are pitching such a good game, seems WAY MORE unprofessional than what ARod did if people are ripping ARod for walking over the mound. Right?
    Oh, and by the way, evoking Glen Beck to belittle someone is always a good play in my book! Of course my book is laced with profanity and is mostly pictures but still…

    krueg April 23, 2010, 12:42 pm
  • The more I read about this, I mean work hard in my office, the more I get that this is just artificial rage. Fodder for the haters if you will…
    Again, what ARod did probably was dickish but if no-name hadn’t blown his stack like a little bitch, would anyone even have said anything? I mean, if ARod falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound??? Probably still ends up in the Post…

    krueg April 23, 2010, 1:32 pm
  • Yankees return to Oakland, July 5-7, and then host the A’s for four games in the Bronx August 30-September 2. Can’t wait to see what the fans in the stands come up with. This is a great, worthless sidebar story.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2010, 2:16 pm
  • And what does he mean by “we’re not the doormat anymore”? They’ve had three straight losing seasons, and I doubt they’ll stay in first place of their division.

    Atheose - SF April 23, 2010, 2:46 pm
  • By the way, why is Zambrano moving to the bullpen? Has Piniella completely lost it?

    Atheose - SF April 23, 2010, 2:47 pm
  • > Zambrano moving to the bullpen?
    He’s been awful as a starter, but not as awful as the Cubs pen has been.

    attackgerbil April 23, 2010, 3:51 pm

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