No, I’m not talking about Barry Bonds hitting elusive homerun number 756. I’m talking about A-Rod getting drilled in the leg by a Josh Towers pitch.
It was bound to happen. For a while there, I didn’t think the Jays were going to retaliate because of the “ha” incident, but indeed it happened this week. It may have taken 2 months, but Alex Rodriguez finally got what he deserved. Luckily, I managed to watch it all unfold live; and sadly, that was the most exciting part of the Jays 9-2 loss to the Yankees.
In baseball, there is this “unwritten code” that allows pitchers to hit batters with a wild pitch as a means of revenge. And Josh Towers did exactly that; he got even with A-Rod. The unfortunate thing is that walk cost the Jays. The very next batter, A-Rod scored to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, in an eventual 9-2 win.
Maybe I am biased, but I think Clemens plunking Alex Rios in the 7th was uncalled for. Given, he did get tossed for the play, but still. The entire Yankees dugout knew that A-Rod was going to get tossed at eventually; and the Jays finally cashed in their revenge chips. At that point, everything was even and square, but Clemens had to take it one step further.
The Jays may have lost the game, but I think it was more so a chance to bury the hatchet - so to speak. The team finally paid A-Rod back for his antics at Rogers Centre in May. Now, the Jays can focus on winning, and getting back in the Wild Card race.
And by the way - if I’m going into a fight, I definitely want Matt Stairs on my side. Just saying.