Apparently, A-Rod violated some unwritten rule there. Well, so did Braden. Namely, that no-name pitchers shouldn't be calling out superstars. In the immortal words of Billy Wagner, know your place, rook.
Yeah, I know Braden technically isn't a rookie, but he's still a nobody. Plus, this Texas Longhorn notes that Braden went to Texas Tech. It figures, although I would have guessed he was an Aggie, given his behavior! (This isn't just a gratuitous Texas football slam - Texas A&M students physically attacked Longhorn students for celebrating on their field a few years ago after a big win against the Aggies. Yes, I'm still bitter.)
Braden, who I wouldn't have been able to pick out of a police lineup until today (now I would - just look for the clown puffing himself up like a blowfish trying to look all fierce, like he is in the pic above), has become the self-appointed arbiter of unwritten rules nobody even heard of until today.
"It wasn't exactly, 'Yes, sir, have a good day,'' an animated Braden said in the post-game clubhouse. "The guy ran across my mound. He had his foot on my pitching rubber. "Any kind of disrespect like that has got to be handled and that's what I did. If my grandmother did what he did, I'd tell her the same thing.''Good grief. Might want to try decaf instead of Red Bull, dude. Poor Grandma Braden!
"It's not about me starting anything (with the Yankees),'' Braden said. "It starts and ends with today. Nobody's ever done that to me when I pitched in the big leagues. I had to get my point across in terms of the unwritten rules, the little intricacies of the game, how the game's supposed to be played, how we expect it to be played, how we play it over here, and I did that.''
Dude's played in a grand total of 65 MLB games, and all of a sudden, he's the enforcer of all the unwritten rules of baseball? Please.
I liked the way A-Rod dismissively waved at him when he was throwing that temper tantrum. I also liked Alex's bemused response to reporters after the game:
"He just told me to get off his mound,'' Rodriguez said. "I thought it was pretty funny, actually. I'd never quite heard that before, especially from a guy with a handful of wins in his career.''I thought A-Rod's response was funny - especially the way he delivered it. (Is there anybody more animated than Alex talking to the media? The expressions he makes while talking are hilarious. The grimacing, the tight smile, the over-the-topness. It's a hoot!)
But Braden missed the point of the burn:
"He's right. I don't even have a handful of wins. I have three. Do the math A-Rod."For some strange reason, media people like Wally Matthews (shocker!) think that Braden did some sort of burn with his line. Oh no, he didn't. For one thing, saying the number three does not equal a handful doesn't even make any sense. Is three that different from a handful? I don't think so.
What's even dumber is that Braden has 17 career wins, with three of them this year. That would have been more of the math burn against A-Rod, about him having more than a handful of career wins. So maybe Braden ought to get out a calculator before telling others to do the math. And all the A-Rod hating mediots high-fiving Braden for his "burn" ought to look at Baseball-Reference.com and Braden's career numbers.
Oh, and a half-inning after Braden's hissy fit, A-Rod started the first Yankee triple play in over 40 years against Oakland. Yeah, Braden really showed Alex who's boss, alright!
Braden also thought he'd burn A-Rod by suggesting that he act more like Derek Jeter.Well, I think Dallas Braden ought to act like Steve Carlton and shut the bleep up!
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