Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez drew the ire of A’s pitcher Dallas Braden this past week for a breach of baseball etiquette.
Rodriguez cut across the mound and stepped on the rubber as he returned to first base after a foul ball during the sixth inning of the Yankees’ game at Oakland. Braden was incensed and followed A-Rod off the field at the end of the inning.
Opinions of the incident are mixed. From the Sun News:
Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir told reporters A-Rod chose an atypical path back to first but that he likely would have let it go.
“It’s kind of weird that he would go up the hill like that, but I probably wouldn’t have made that big a deal about it,” Kazmir said, according to ESPNLosAngeles.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, as old school as managers come, told AOLFanhouse that “a lot of guys” in the game don’t know about the stay-off-the-mound code and was in Braden’s corner.
“He’s been taught right,” La Russa said, according to Fanhouse.
Former catcher and FOX analyst Tim McCarver recalled Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, a legendary intimidator, and his viewpoint on hitters coming near the mound, which Gibson called his “office.”
“You never come into my office unless you’re invited,” McCarver said. “And you’ll never be invited.”