After hitting a home run in his previous at bat, Sean Rodriguez was hit in the back by Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves. According to reports from the game, Rodriguez was fine with the incident until he reached first base.
At that point, Aceves said something to Rodriguez, who then needed to be restrained from charging the mound. Rodriguez would not reveal what Aceves said. But if it was as dumb as what Aceves said after the game, it is understandable why Rodriguez would be upset.
Aceves was asked after the game about hitting Rodriguez (via NESN.com)…
“He got hit, by a pitch. It was obviously not intentional…The score was 3-2…He was mad because he got hit. It was obviously, like I said, not intentional. I understand his last at-bat he hit a homer. He probably thinks it was intentional. Like I said, 3-2 ballgame, you don’t want to get nobody on the bases and tie the game. “
So Aceves explanation of why it couldn’t be intentional was because the score was 3-2 in a game that doesn’t count? Idiot. He would have been better off just keeping his mouth shut.
Aceves is a known hot-head. Even the report by NESN.com seems to lament the idea of having to deal with Aceves for another season…
“If anyone else had drilled Rodriguez, the incident likely would have flown under the radar, even if there were some words briefly exchanged. But because it was the always polarizing Aceves who did the plunking, everyone immediately assumed the worst, and we’re thus faced with another instance of “Alfredo being Alfredo”…Rodriguez was clearly frustrated, and he isn’t alone in that frustration. Aceves is a versatile pitcher who figures to be the Red Sox’ primary spot starter with Franklin Morales out, but the concerns about his behavior overshadow his potential value in the minds of many.”
So yeah, when your own hometown reporters are throwing you under the bus, it is pretty easy to see who was at fault here.