I know, some people do expect that after a slap.
From the Boston Herald -
It doesn’t take Alex Rodriguez long to make enemies.
The New York Yankees infielder drew the ire of rookie Dustin Pedroia in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’ 7-3 win last night at Yankee Stadium by throwing an elbow at him as he slid into second base.
With one out in the eighth and the bases loaded, Jorge Posada hit a ground ball to third baseman Mike Lowell, who fielded the ball and fired to Pedroia for the force on A-Rod at second base. Pedroia came across the bag and threw to first base, just barely missing pulling off the double play, and was stunned when Rodriguez slid on the infield side of the base and threw his left elbow into his left side as he popped out of the slide.
“He went in late and kind of threw an elbow,” Pedroia said. “It was a little cheap but no big deal. I’ll remember. I play second base. I’ve got to turn two with the Yankees 19 times a year, so I know now when he’s coming in, my (arm) slot gets dropped to the floor. That’s it.”
Hey, maybe it was just payback for this slide into Jeter on a double-play during the second inning last night? I didn’t see the play in the second. But, I’ve read that Pedroia went out of his way on that one. (Hat tip to BaseballThinkFactory.org.)