Dallas Braden is a major league ballplayer. Sure he’s not at the level of an ARod or someone who has accomplished many, many things in the league already. But he’s a professional and therefore due a level of respect. To flat-out diss Braden by noting the number of wins is exactly the thing that people used to say about ARod: that he’s only concerned about his numbers. [To his credit, ARod seemed to adopt the team-first approach last year, but who knows what was/is really going on behind the scenes.]
I admire Braden for defending his turf and standing up to a ballplayer who has, in his mind, done something disrespectful. Even someone in the lofty perch that ARod now inhabits. There was no reason for ARod to big-time Dallas Braden. Braden’s full response:
“(The Yankees) are an extremely classy organization with guys who always tend to do the right thing every time; it’s kind of disheartening to see that not show through or be reflected by somebody of (Rodriguez’s) status,” Braden said after the game. “He’s a tremendous player and a tremendous talent, and I don’t care if I’m Cy Young or the 25th man on a roster; if I’ve got the ball in my hand and I’m out there on that mound, that’s not your mound. You want to run across the mound? Go run laps in the bullpen. That’s my mound.”
“He should maybe watch his captain a little more often.”
What ARod should have said was something like this:
“I had no idea I was committing a breach of baseball etiquette by crossing the mound. It was unintentional and I apologize. There was no intent behind it. I was simply running off the field and didn’t pay attention to my path.”
Instead, ARod circa mid-2000’s came out, and the dumb stuff followed and we have to react like this.
Here’s the video proof: