You wont find a nicer, more down-to-earth guy on the Tampa Bay Rays than Sean Rodriguez. And thats what makes the possible season-ending incident involving him this weekend in Durham so perplexing and disappointing.
Rodriguez was all set to rejoin the Rays on Saturday from the Triple-A club, where hes been biding his time the past week until major league rosters expand on Sept. 1.
But everything changed in a fit of anger this past Sunday, when he punched his locker after the game with the Bulls. The result: a hairline fracture in his right hand that could end his season, just when it was about to resume at the big-league level in a possible playoff run with the Rays.
The veteran utility infielder wouldnt disclose to reporters what specifically prompted him to vent his emotions by slamming his fist into his locker, other than saying it was the result of a comment made by a Bulls teammate.
Oddly, everything had gone well for Rodriguez during the game. He went 2 for 4 and blasted ...