You can add David Ortiz to the list of people who disapproved of Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster throwing at Alex Rodriguez the other night. Dempster was hit with a small suspension for the incident — one not deemed long enough by CC Sabathia and Joe Girardi — and isn’t expected to miss a start.
Ortiz spoke about the situation to USA Today Sports:
I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do. But we don’t all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It’s not that I didn’t think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone’s on their own.
Ortiz also said the decision was misguided because it motivated the Yankees:
…That pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees’ team at that moment. You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.
What do you think, FanSiders? Was Dempster wrong to throw at A-Rod? Did A-Rod deserve what he got? Sound off in the comments below.
[Source: USA Today Sports]