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SAN FRANCISCO—If Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster was looking for full support from his teammates for hitting New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the second inning of Sunday’s game, he will not have it. David Ortiz told Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today Sports on Thursday that he did not agree with Dempster hitting Rodriguez in that situation.
"I didn't like it. I don't think it was the right thing to do,'' Ortiz told USA TODAY Sports. "But we don't all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It's not that I didn't think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone's on their own."
"But we've got Tampa right on our heels, and that pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees' team at that moment. You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You're talking about a good team that you can't wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.”
Dempster threw behind A-Rod on his first pitch, and on his fourth pitch, he hit Rodriguez in the elbow. For the incident, he was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.
It seems as if everyone has an opinion on this matter, and David Ortiz is no exception. Even though he does have a right to an opinion, it is not necessarily a popular one, and hopefully it will not create friction in the clubhouse.