Ryan Dempster Hits Alex Rodriguez, Before A-Rod Takes Him Deep – VIDEO
In the latest chapter in the storied New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox rivalry, Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster hit Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez with a pitch on Sunday night at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., causing the ejection of New York manager Joe Girardi, before A-Rod later belted a home run later against the right-hander.
With Rodriguez at the plate to start the second inning, Dempster’s first pitch to him was a fastball that went behind him, just missing his lower-left leg.
Two pitches later, on a 3-0 pitch, Dempster came inside again, and hit Rodriguez on the left elbow pad.
That prompted home plate umpire Brian O’Nora to issue warnings, which infuriated Girardi, who thought that Dempster should have been immediately ejected, and that the warnings handcuffed his pitchers from throwing inside the rest of the game.
Girardi wasn’t around to see, at least in the dugout, as he was ejected.
Later, in the sixth inning, Rodriguez belted a Dempster pitch into the centerfield seats, angering the Boston crowd.
The Yankees would go on to win, 9-6.