Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., August 19

August 19, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Ryan Dempster better be careful.

Not only could he have sparked the Yankees to a late-season run with last night’s embarrassment, but some of us – including me – might actually start feeling sorry for Alex Rodriguez.

Last night was a disgrace.  That it appeared on national TV was, of course, part of the plan.  That’s the only reason Dempster pulled the A-Hole prank on A-Rod.  Had that game only appeared on “local” TV, none of that garbage last night would have happened.

Here’s the next issue:  If Dempster decides he’s going to be the judge and jury for MLB pitchers in their quest to self-punish the PED users, I assume at some point next season he’ll bean his former teammate in Texas, Nelson Cruz.

Fair’s fair, right?

I guess Brian Roberts better be careful later this season if Dempster faces the Orioles again.

Last night is why baseball (occasionally) sucks.

The worst part of it all?  It might have somehow ignited the Yankees, who have laid back all season while battling injuries and old age.  Alfonso Soriano showed up last month and looks like the old Soriano.  A-Rod came back two weeks ago and is hitting like a serviceable replica of the old #13.  And even though most of the players on his own team don’t like him, what happened last night might galvanize the players in pinstripes who know a healthy, successful Rodriguez does give them a much better chance of sneaking into the playoffs.

I don’t know what Ryan Dempster was trying to prove last night.

We know A-Rod sucks and we know he’s a cheater and we know he’s at the head of some really dirty shenanigans involving this Biogenesis fiasco.

But Ryan Dempster – and anyone else in the league – has no business taking the game into his own hands.

That is, unless he plans on head hunting (or knee hunting) every player who was implicated in the Biogenesis story.

I’ve been a baseball fan forever, but incidents like the one in Boston on Sunday night leave me liking the game a little less than I did this time yesterday morning.

And that makes me sad.


6 Comments For This Post

  1. Chuck Says:

    Even worse than Dempster, it was the umpire who chose to play judge and jury and use last night’s nationally televised game to offer commentary on the A-Rod matter. Dempster threw at A-Rod four consecutive times and should have been tossed. Dempster is just a dumb player, but the ump is supposed to be bigger than that.

    Beyond that, it was fundamentally unfair to the Orioles, A’s, Rays, Yanks and TX to not have Boston lose their starter very early in the game and have their pen not worked hard last night.

  2. Brian Lincalis Says:

    Wouldn’t of pulled that in the National League!

  3. unitastoberry Says:

    Get rid of the DH and this will not happen as much. The current crop of Umps are less than stellar. Maybe in the old days managers like Weaver,Anderson,Martin,etc put the fear of god in these fellows and they responded maybe not on the outside but inside they tried to call a better game and keep things in check.

  4. The Armchair QB Says:

    The once “Great American Pastime” is no more, suffering not just from the tarnish of insidious cheating, but form the fact that, at it’s best, it might be the slowest moving game on the planet! Completely out of control from top to bottom with no end in sight……

  5. Vince Says:

    Kind of silly that Girardi got tossed for defending his team and the pitcher that threw 1 behind, 2 tight and finally hit him on a 3-0 count didn’t. The whole coming out of the dugout stuff needs to be addressed. In basketball if you leave the bench, you’re gone. It’s a little silly to see the bullpen jogging out just to show they care. I think the rule should be anybody but the manager leaves the bench or joins, you’re tossed. If the pitcher hits a batter and knows no help is coming, he may think twice.

  6. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    How about this – if a pitcher pulls what Dempster pulled last night, obviously throwing at a batter, then the next batter up ‘allowed’ to accidentally lose his grip on the bat as he swings, sending the bat at the pitcher. Of course, this would only be necessary in the American League…

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