This slide (no embed available) by A-Rod has stirred up a little controversy (sorry, Dustin, I couldn’t help myself…). We’re not sure we understand why some fans at SoSH are so up in arms about it (the thread is FOUR pages and counting…). Sure, it was a little over-the-top. Sure, it was a big guy picking on a little guy. Sure, it involved an elbow, a groin area, and a nearly turned knee/ankle for our diminutive second baseman. And yeah, we know it was A-Rod. But this is a takeout slide, an attempt to break up a double play. And though we want the game played clean, there’s a limit to what realistic expectations should be in this regard. A-Rod had to break up the double play. He did. Just like we’d expect Youk or Tek or Papi to do.
The best part of this is the revelation that Dustin Pedroia is smart and gets what happened. He has handled himself like a veteran and not a rookie, responding cleverly that now he knows what to expect, and that next time he’ll just adjust his arm slot. That’s a strong message and should be the end of it. Retaliation, as some Sox fans have (foolishly) called for, is hardly needed.