Ryan Dempster has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for plunking Alex Rodriguez with a pitch Sunday night in the Boston Red Sox’s loss to the New York Yankees.
Dempster threw his first pitch behind A-Rod, then threw two inside before hitting him on the elbow. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi was enraged — and ejected immediately — for expressing his frustration. On Tuesday, he went a step further, saying that it would be “open season” on A-Rod if Dempster were not suspended.
“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,” Girardi said. “And that’s why I was so upset about it. You can express your opinion and be upset with someone, but you just can’t start throwing baseballs at people. I mean, it’s scary.”
Dempster also was fined an undisclosed amount, as was Girardi, according to a CBS Sports.com report.