If You or I hit someone at 95mph intentionally, would we be charged with assault? I guess that question could be answered with, “How Could we not be charged?” I actually saw this happen the other day while watching the Yankees play the Red Sox, and even though this was a sporting event, does this exempt anyone from the law? To be fair, here are the particulars. Much Maligned Yankee player Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez is up at bat with Red Sox Pitcher Ryan Dempster is on the mound. Dempster, an outspoken critic of Alex Rodriguez, intentionally beans A-Rod with a 95mph+ fast ball, but the only one who is ejected from the game is the Yankees Manager Joe Girardi.
Granted, A-Rod is probably the most hated or at least the most controversial player in baseball right now, but the last time I checked, he hadn’t intentionally assaulted anyone physically. As fans, many of us don’t appreciate what Rodriguez has done via steroid use, but this still doesn’t mean that we elected Ryan Dempster to speak for us through his own misguided actions, nor should we. I’m sure A-Rod isn’t the first player in baseball to ever get hit intentionally by a pitch, and he won’t be the last, but to ignore what has happened without addressing it… is folly, and will only lead to further episodes like this.
- Pitcher intentionally hits the most hated man in sports (deadspin.com)
- Joe Girardi on Ryan Dempster: ‘I wish he had to hit’ (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees hit with pitch by Ryan Dempster of Boston Red Sox (espn.go.com)
- Alex Rodriguez (misfitmary.wordpress.com)
- Joe Girardi Ejected After Alex Rodriguez Is Hit by Red Sox Pitcher Ryan Dempster (bleacherreport.com)
- Before you laud Ryan Dempster as The Defender of the Non-PED Users … (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Ryan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez with a fastball, umpire ejects Joe Girardi (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Red Sox Appeared To Intentionally Hit A-Rod With A Pitch (businessinsider.com)
- Dempster plunks A-Rod, tempers flare at Fenway (mlb.mlb.com)
- A-Rod HBP Then Hits HR in Yanks 9-6 Win Over Sox (abcnews.go.com)