Dallas Braden on A-Rod: “He’s Making a Mockery of the Game”

April 26, 2010 – 6:00 am by Paul Bessire

It seems that everyone who has ever played baseball at any level is coming out with an opinion on the situation, but it doesn’t matter who is saying what, Dallas Braden’s outburst against the Yankees has far more to do with Alex Rodriguez than one of the more obscure “unwritten rules” in baseball (though one could make the case that they should all be obscure if they are unwritten).

David Wells is one of those individuals weighing in on the topic. He was recently quoted (as closely as he can be quoted in the New York Post at least) as saying the following:

“A-Rod is full of [bleep], that he never heard of that. He has been around the game long enough to know that. I hated it when runners did that. I yelled at plenty of them. It’s one thing to cross in the front of the mound before it goes up, but on top of it, that’s wrong. The cleats [mess] up the mound. Pitchers don’t go in front of fielders and put their spikes in the dirt. I totally agree [with Braden] ‘Get off my mound.’ I would have done the same thing with A-Rod, or anybody else. [Bleep] it. “I would yell at Jeter. There are certain guys you would mother [bleep] and certain guys you would give a little more courtesy to, guys like Jeter and Bernie. A-Rod is not a well-liked guy.

The last part is the most important part. Alex Rodriguez is not well liked. Of course, it’s a chicken and egg-esque argument because it’s impossible for me to envision Jeter – or anyone else for that matter – blatantly walking right across the mound during play. And that’s why, this is about Alex Rodriguez… (the same Alex Rodriguez who tried to call off Toronto third baseman Howie Clark while advancing to third base and who clapped the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove on his way to first).

Dallas Braden joined Grant Napear and Mike Lamb on KHTK in Sacramento to discuss Alex Rodriguez, baseball’s unwritten rules, the psychology of the game, and future games against the Yankees.

On if he took exception to Alex Rodriguez running over the mound during the game:

“Absolutely. It’s a slap in the face to the organization, to my teammates and to myself. Ultimately, he’s making a mockery of the game I love. That’s just not going to be stood for… The take home message was that we are not going to just stand idly by and let certain guys that think they are above the game or better than the game just kind of take over and turn our facility or turn our franchise into a whipping boy. That’s not what we are about here.”

On David Wells’ comments that Alex Rodriguez is not well liked:

“I think (David) Boomer (Wells) hit it perfectly when he said that there are guys that you would give a certain level of courtesy to when trying to convey your opinion. The likes of a Jeter or a Bernie or a Cal Ripken, guys that have a done a lot for the game and have not lost themselves in the game, those are the guys you truly respect. Other guys that tend to put the game and the respect for the the game on the wayside and tend to dig themselves innings one through nine, those are the guys you let it fly with.”

On how Rodriguez made a mockery of the game:

“He was disrespecting our franchise and my teammates and myself and making a mockery of the game of baseball. As you know, in the game of baseball, those are unwritten rules. They are in the game. They are as prevalent as the round bat and ball that we swing and throw. He was very aware of what he was doing. That’s where the disrespect comes in in regards to our team and our organization and then just the lack of judgment that ultimately makes the mockery of the game.”

On if he thought that Rodriguez was trying to get in his head:

“I don’t know if he is a savvy enough guy to do that with the intent of throwing me off my game or throwing another guy of his game. It’s just a respect of the area. It’s just a respect of the game. You don’t steal past the seventh inning when you are up 8-0. You don’t hold runners on when you are getting beat 8-0 later in the game. There are just little things that are not done. There are only two times when he should be on the pitchers’ mound: 1) When he is catching a fly ball and he is calling the pitcher or 2) For a mound visit. That’s the long and the short of it.”

And on facing Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees in the future:

“For me, it ended as quickly as it began. There are no underlying issues here. There is no bad blood. I have no ill-will toward the guy. That franchise is the ultimate class act. It could probably serve him some good to pay little more attention to his captain and the way he runs the ship there. Let’s be honest, I can barely break a pane of glass. I’m definitely not breaking anybody’s skin. I’m nobody to be feared in that respect. I just want the respect that anybody that puts on a major league uniform deserves.”

Listen to Dallas Braden on KHTK in Sacramento with Grant Napear and Mike Lamb.

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  1. 16 Responses to “Dallas Braden on A-Rod: “He’s Making a Mockery of the Game””

  2. “For me, it ended as quickly as it began. ”

    Obviously not because 5 days later, he’s still talking about it.

    And kind of hard to figure that Braden said he would say the same to his grandmother but not Jeter, Bernie or Ripken?

    Keep talking Dallas. The group of people in the baseball world who are laughing at you is getting bigger and bigger.

    By Tom on Apr 26, 2010

  3. i agree with Tom….apparently it didnt “end as quickly as it began” since its still being spoken about by Dallas. i think he wouldve yelled at ARod if he picked up the resin bag during a Yankees mound visit. Dallas was looking for his 15 minutes of fame and got it.

    honestly….how many people have heard of Dallas before this “incident”? i dont even think A’s fans know who he is.

    By Sal on Apr 26, 2010

  4. I suspect Braden is only talking about it because websites, radio stations and newspapers continue to talk about it and ask Braden about it. What’s he supposed to do? I guess inquiring minds want to know. A-Rod should have his ‘holier than thou’ ass kicked. He’s the one who crossed the line not Braden. Were you ever a pitcher, Tom?????????. I doubt it.

    By Craig on Apr 26, 2010

  5. Were you Craig? I doubt it.

    I wouldn’t be crying about this after the game was over. Braden is nobody, and he’s been in the national spotlight for a week now. Good on him, take advantage of your time there Braden, because you will never get back there on your own merit.

    Maybe A-rod will be kind enough to hit a milestone HR off of you in the future so you can get back in the mainstream.

    By Tom B on Apr 26, 2010

  6. No. SS through college and probably ran over a mound a few times. Definitely never had a pitcher act like a 2 year in a grocery store who didn;t get a lollipop at the checkout.

    If CC Sabathia, Tim Hudson, Bronson Arroyo and Frankie Rodriguez think Braden is over reacting and would have no problem with ARod or any other player running over the mound, just not sure why Braden sees this as a big enough deal to make a big deal about it.

    I’ll bet the same radio/TV stations that called Braden also called ARod but only one of them is talking about it so saying “thanks for the invitation but no thank you” is an option if you are over it.

    By Tom on Apr 26, 2010

  7. We know lots of things in Canada, one being respect the pitchers mound,another being A-rod is a spoiled little media hungry child!

    By Don on Apr 26, 2010

  8. Braden-Please shut up already. If you want respect, show some. Post-game you said if this were to happen again, there would be repercussions. Is that showing some class?
    Not everybody who has played the game agrees with you. Get over it. Move on.

    By Chavy on Apr 26, 2010

  9. I think it is a bit of both here. Dallas Braden (Who?) is trying to get his 15 minutes, but there is really to arguing that A-Rod is an A-Class jackass. He has been showing it for years.

    Now was this guy the right guy to call him out, probably not… but someone needed to. I wish someone with more merit than Dallas Braden or David Wells would step up and say something, but it isn’t going to happen. The good players in the league have too much class to soil their hands with this crap.

    By Kyle on Apr 26, 2010

  10. Actually, some of the players with merit in the league have spoken out. They said Braden is over reacting and making a mound out of a molehill.

    By Trisha on Apr 26, 2010

  11. It would have been nice if one of the interviewers noticed that Derek Jeter himself defended A-Rod against Braden. Jeter said that Braden’s opinions were “out there.” He also said, regarding Braden’s possessiveness over the mound, that “it ain’t like he brought it from home. CC was on it. Does that go for him, too?” CC, Mark Teixeira, Andy Pettitte, and Joba Chamberlain also defended A-Rod.

    Oh, and you know who else thinks Braden was out of line? Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson. Even Bronson Arroyo thought what A-Rod did was no big deal.

    But the interviewers don’t appear to have referenced any of those comments in their talk with Dallas Braden, just David Wells, the dude who claimed to be misquoted in his own autobiography. How typical!

    By Lisa on Apr 26, 2010

  12. yes i know when i go to a baseball game i come to see dallas braden, whos 4 year baseball record is an astonishing 17-21 with a 4.53 era . At 25 maybe just maybe he should shut his mouth and learn how to play instead of instucting others . or David Wells who aienated half his teammates and when he was called to take the ball for the yankees playoff his last year was too fat and out of shape and let his team and fans down .

    By mike on Apr 26, 2010

  13. Two things.

    First, whether or not you’ve ever heard of Dallas Braden is irrelevant. An unwritten rule is an unwritten rule and within the game they’re followed as closely as those in the rule book. Most of the time.

    And second, even if you wanna play the “Braden is a nobody” card, David Wells is not.

    The whole thing has been blown out of proportion, but unless you’ve put on a big league uniform (which I haven’t), just respect the traditions of game and don’t question them.

    By Craig (different one) on Apr 27, 2010

  14. Loved Jeter’s comment the best “it’s not like he brought it from home”. LOL

    Really ridiculous. Just play ball boys.

    By Shelly on Apr 27, 2010

  15. Notice how current generation of players is more willing to defend A-Rod, but former players defend Braden. And do you really think Jeter would defend him if he wasn’t on his team. You know Jeter thinks A-Rod is and A-Hole, he just won’t rock the boat as the captain.

    By Patrick on Apr 27, 2010

  16. I’m on Braden’s side here. And you’re right, I’ve never heard of him before but to think he’s using this for his 15mins of fame is ridiculous. I highly doubt he was waiting for something like this to happen.
    There are definitely unwritten rules in all sports and i believe they should all be respected. Granted maybe Braden didn’t need to go public with it, but I definitely understand why and support the fact he had an issue here.

    By p$ on Apr 28, 2010

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