David Ortiz Takes A-Rod’s Side, Says Ryan Dempster’s Actions Were Not ‘The Right Thing To Do’

August 22, 2013 12:37 PM
David Ortiz Takes A-Rod’s Side, Says Ryan Dempster’s Actions Were Not ‘The Right Thing To Do’
" BOSTON (CBS) — With three full days passed, you might have thought it would be safe to assume on Thursday morning that any and all discussion of Alex Rodriguez getting hit by a pitch thrown by Ryan Dempster would officially be over. Well, you’d be wrong.

That’s because David Ortiz, the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox and the face of the franchise, has chimed in, and he’s not siding with his teammate.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” Ortiz told USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz.

“It,” of course, was a series of pitches on Sunday night at Fenway Park. Dempster’s first pitch to Rodriguez in the second inning sailed behind A-Rod’s legs, and the next two fastballs were inside. The fourth pitch of the at-bat hit Rodriguez in the elbow pad, kicking off a days-long frenzy of arguing about right and wrong, fair and unfair, and the unwritten codes of baseball. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected for arguing and was fined, while Dempster was handed a five-game suspension from MLB.

Ortiz, longtime friends with Rodriguez, said his opinion isn’t based in his friendship "

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