Dallas Braden, that is, who seems to be the only person on the planet who hasn't moved past what can arguably be called the smallest of Alex Rodriguez's several faux pas. (Faux pass'? Fauxes pas?). He said some unintentionally funny things in his initial interview after the game ("I don’t have a handful of wins. I only have three. Do the math, A-Rod."), but nothing compares to his most recent series of unfortunate comments.
"…I was always told if you give a fool enough rope, he'll hang himself, and with those comments, he had all the rope he needed."
"I think he's probably garnered a new respect for the unwritten rules and the people who hold them close to their game. But I think you're right, we don't do much talking in the 209 (a reference to Stockton, Calif., where Braden went to high school)."
Indeed quite a perplexing statement, since all Braden has done since then is talk. And talk. And talk. And referring back to his last comment, even if he were to take action, it would result in at the very least a swift 10-game suspension, since he has talked about doing it. Talk about hanging yourself with your own rope. Like, in three different ways.
"He's an individualistic player. He plays for the name on the back of the jersey, not the front. I don't know if he's noticed, but he doesn't have a name on the back over there so he should play for the name on the front [c]over."
So what is Braden's point? He even knows A-Rod doesn't have a name on the back of his jersey. So he plays for no one? That actually sounds kind of true, given Alex's new-found "I don't really give a damn" attitude in regards to the media. However, I kind of doubt Braden's mind can think an extra layer deeper. He can't even get the first one right.