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.