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June 15, 2009
by Ryan Hudson
We got a baseball feud brewing (sorry if the headline gave it away). It's between the Red Sox and Yankees -- it's like these two teams really don't like each other!
In Thursday night's game, Boston's possible trade-bait, Brad Penny, nailed Alex Rodriguez in the back with a pitch. The Yankees were none too pleased about this, but instead of just hitting someone on the Red Sox (which is the normal course of action, as it clearly states in baseball's unwritten rules; look it up), they called the MLB offices and gave them a piece of their mind.
A baseball official told 1050 ESPN Radio in New York that the Yankees called the commissioner's office Friday to ask that Brad Penny be suspended for hitting Alex Rodriguez in the back during the first inning of Thursday night's Red Sox win.
"Penny's control was pretty good," Girardi said. "I thought it was on purpose. That is all part of baseball." [...]
As for Penny hitting A-Rod, the Yankees feel as if there should be discipline. A.J. Burnett is appealing his suspension for throwing over the head of Texas' Nelson Cruz. Though there was no previous warning and Burnett remained in the game, he received a six-game suspension.
"It seems like there is always the feeling that if someone intentionally throws at someone they are going to be suspended," Girardi said. "I don't care for it. I don't care for hitting him in that situation. That's my opinion. I'm not 100 percent right, for sure, that he threw at him on purpose. That's my feeling. That's up to the commissioner's office."
Since when is complaining to the commissioner "part of baseball?" Anyways, this all didnt sit quite right with Penny, and he let it be known
“I don’t give two f---- what Joe Girardi says,” Penny said. “I’m coming inside. I don’t care. Anybody can say that. We can say that about the time they hit our guys. I’m just trying to pitch inside. Maybe he should worry about managing and not trying to be the commissioner.
“Why wouldn’t he say that the night before? Don’t wait a day, then say it. He should worry about managing and let the umpire crew do their job.”
There's also some kind of Twitter fight (Twight?) going on between Sox owner John Henry and Mark Teixeira, but that's beyond lame, so let's just ignore it and hopefully it will go away.
And if you're wondering, the Sox and Yanks next play on Aug. 6th. Get the hype-machine ready.
Yankees, Red Sox trade barbs - ESPN
Penny fires back - Extra Bases