Last week we learned that Sean Rodriguez had punched a locker during a verbal confrontation with a teammate on the Durham Bulls. The result was a broken right hand, a trip to the DL, and possibly the end of his season.
And now Marc Topkin has shed some more light on just what happened and who the confrontation was with (a current Rays teammate) and if things are cool now (they are most certainly not). Take it away Marc (TampaBay.com)…
Sean Rodriguez admitted that the frustration that led him to breaking his right hand at Triple-A Durham was the result of what he considered disrespectful actions by Dane De La Rosa…The two are again teammates with the Rays, with De La Rosa called up Wednesday. Rodriguez said there “definitely” are still issues, but he will be professional about it and not create any disturbances in the clubhouse…”I’m trying to avoid him as much as possible.”
Ahh yes. It all makes perfect sense now. Hot Rod punched a locker and broke his hand because he was disrespected *head hits desk*. Soooo, what did De La Rosa say? He must have called Rodriguez’ mom a whore or something like that, right? I mean, that would probably piss off a lot of guys. And it would be a good reason to still be steaming two weeks later.
Rodriguez would not get into specifics over what led him to punch a locker after the Aug. 26 game, except to say it was how De La Rosa reacted when Rodriguez said something about the song being played in the (winning) clubhouse.
And the hits just keep onnnnnn comin’! So Rodriguez didn’t like the song being played. He said something. And De La Rosa didn’t bow down and respect the opinion of the seasoned Major League veteran and his sense of entitlement.
“How do you disrespect somebody without touching them? You say things or talk in a manner that’s very disrespectful,” Rodriguez said. “In a baseball clubhouse people do that all the time. But when you turn to ask somebody, ‘Are you being serious right now?’ the way someone’s tone is, the way they’re talking to you and they either just smirk or ignore you leads you to believe one or the other, right?
Wait. Let’s see if I am following this correctly: Bulls win game thanks in large part to Rodriguez hitting a home run > Music is being played in the clubhouse > Rodriguez hears it > It is One Direction and not Justin Bieber so Rodriguez gets upset > Rodriguez says something about Directioners being jealous of Beliebers > De La Rosa says something that players say in the clubhouse “all the time” > Rodriguez asks if De La Rosa is serious > De La Rosa ignores Rodriguez, possibly sensing he is upset and not wanting to escalate such an idiotic argument > Rodriguez punches locker.
Oh, well why didn’t he say so in the first place. That seems understandable *head hits desk again*.
But I suppose we can appreciate that things didn’t get worse considering how disrespectful things got. Sean?
“So instead of me normally doing what I normally would have done in the past, which is basically just to go and do a lot of things to him, I tried to exert my energy and frustration elsewhere to try to let it go. Bad job of trying to deal with it.”
Ahhh, Rodriguez, in an effort to pile more maturity on top of the rest of this mature situation wants us to know that he would have totally kicked De La Rosa’s ass. Because he’s totally kicked ass before. Lots of times. Because he is a baddddd man.