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Boys Will Be Boys

Dallas Braden and Alex Rodriguez exchanged some pleasantries today.  Rob Neyer blogs it.

The LoHud Yankees blog presents the contextual quotes.  An enjoyable clip:

Rodriguez said he had never heard the unwritten rule that a player shouldn’t run across the mound. When Braden started yelling at him, Rodriguez didn’t know what it was about. “I thought it was pretty funny, actually,” Rodriguez said.

Braden, though, went out of his way to call out Rodriguez. He spoke very kindly of the Yankees organization, but took great exception to Rodriguez.

“He should maybe watch his Captain a little more often,” Braden said.

And from Athletics Nation:

We also got to see some absolute fire from Braden, who wasn’t too sick to let A-Rod know exactly what he thought about A-Rod crossing Braden’s pitching mound on the way out to the field. I think we’ll also be the lead story on SportsCenter if A-Rod tries that again.

Much like Rob Neyer, I don’t get what actually happened.  Or, more accurately, I understand the events, but I’m still lost on the motivations.  Neyer summarizes:

My take on this is that your take is all about the context. If you’re Alex Rodriguez or 20,000,000 Yankees fans, you have no idea what Dallas Braden is talking about. If you’re one of Dallas Braden’s teammates or 1,000,000 Athletics fans, you’re thrilled to see one of your guys doing his small part to suggest the A’s won’t just roll over their collective back when the Alpha dog trots into the room.

No, the Yankees won’t be intimidated by Dallas Braden or anyone else. They’re too good, too experienced, too confident. But Braden wasn’t yelling at the Yankees. Not really. He was yelling at himself, and at his teammates. Players have won MVP Awards for such things.

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