K-Rod fires back at Bruney
You’ve probably already seen Brian Bruney’s comments down the New Jersey Turnpike in Trenton, where he called out Francisco Rodriguez for his excessive celebrations on the mound. If not, here’s a brief update:
“[It] couldn’t have happened to a better guy on the mound, either,” Bruney told reporters, according to the Hunterdon County (N.J.) Democrat. “He’s got a tired act. … He gets what he deserves, man. I just don’t like watching the guy pitch. I think it’s embarrassing.”
So flash forward to today’s 6-2 Mets victory, where Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation. Afterward, he unloaded one high and tight back at the Yankees reliever.
“Instead of sending a message in the paper, next time when he sees me at Citi Field, come up to me and say it,” Rodriguez said. “Don’t be sending a message to the media. I don’t even know who that guy is, somewhere in Double-A and not even pitching one full season.
“He’s always been on the DL, that’s all I really know right now. He’d better keep his mouth shut and do his job, and not worry about somebody else. If it was somebody big, I might pay attention to it. But somebody like that? It doesn’t bother me.
“If somebody comes out with that, somebody big like Mariano [Rivera], somebody who has been around and is good at what he does, I would respect that. But for some guy that I don’t even know who it is, that hasn’t even played a full year in the big leagues, that’s always been hurt? It doesn’t bother me.”
Ouch, burned. For what it’s worth, Bruney used an Aug. 11, 2005 game as an example of what he’s talking about, when K-Rod was pitching for the Angels at Oakland.
Displeased with a close pitch that he did not get from home plate umpire Mike DiMuro, Rodriguez disgustedly stabbed at a return throw from catcher Jose Molina and missed. Jason Kendall raced home with the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
“I learned to play the game a different way, that’s all I can say,” Bruney said. “You won’t see me do that, the way he acts. You won’t see that.
“… The guy is doing his job, he’s had a great career. He set the saves record. It doesn’t matter what I think. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that, but again, he doesn’t know who I am, so it doesn’t matter.”