The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are this week’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week and the rivalry truly is renewed. Ryan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez with a fastball to the back and Fenway Park erupts into cheers.
For the first time since Rodriguez returned to the major leagues since his appeal of his lengthy suspension a opposing pitcher purposely throws at the Yankees third basemen. Dempster tried multiple times and was eventually successful at plunking Rodriguez with a pitch in second inning with a two-run lead.
In the matter of seconds, Red Sox Nation elect Ryan Dempster as the most liked and favorite baseball player in the City of Boston. Dempster likely did what numerous amount of major league pitchers have wanted to do, send a message of disgust for the suspected PED user.
Following the hit-by-pitch, Dempster and both teams were warned. Joe Girardi was furious with the decision of home plate umpire Brian O’Nora did not warn the Red Sox starting pitcher after the first attempt to hit Rodriguez. Additionally, after the HBP Dempster was not ejected from the game and infuriated the Yankees skipper even more, leading to his ejection from the ballgame.
With a minimum of seven more innings, there is likely someone in a Red Sox uniform to get hit and it will likely be by C.C. Sabathia. The benches will be empty and it will be a true Red Sox versus Yankees ballgame at Fenway Park.
In the end, Dempster has become the most liked player in Boston and much more liked by baseball fans everywhere.
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