Photo: Red Sox's Ryan Dempster Suspended for Five Games After Beaning A-Rod
By now every baseball fan has seen Sunday night’s beaning of controversial Yankees’ hitter Alex Rodriguez. Now, the punishment for Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster has been issued.
During the second inning of Sunday’s game at Fenway Park, the Yankees’ third baseman was hit by Dempster’s pitch and Yankee’s coach Joe Girardi was so upset he erupted at Brian O’Nora, the home-plate umpire. Though looking to have Dempster ejected from the game, it was Girardi who was sent off.
Major League Baseball did not let Dempster slide in the end, however. The 36-year-old was slapped with a five-game suspension, though due to scheduled off-days he will not miss a start. He can return to the mound on Tuesday. He was also fined $2,500
Asked if he regrets the pitch, Demspter stated, “No, I’ll never take away trying to pitch inside.”
Though Dempster has given no verbal indication he intentionally beaned Rodriguez, the performance enhancing drug controversy surrounding A-Rod has angered both fans and players, with many secretly applauding Dempter’s shot.
As for the other side, Girardi, who was fined $5,000, says he lost his cool because “that baseball is a weapon. It’s not a tennis ball ... It’s a weapon, and it can do a lot of damage to someone’s life.” Adding, “You can express your opinion and be upset with someone but you just can’t start throwing baseballs at people. It’s scary.”
In the end, A-Rod and the Yankees won Sunday’s game after hit a homer four innings later and led his team to a 9-6 win.