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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