To no one's surprise, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been booed heavily in his two games since returning from his hip and quad injuries. MLB suspended him 211 games on Monday for his ties to Biogenesis, but he is allowed to play in the meantime because he is appealing the punishment.
On Tuesday night, the White Sox fans in Chicago changed course and cheered A-Rod, but only after he was hit by a pitch. Here's the video:
It wasn't a direct hit, obviously. A fastball got away from Chris Sale and just grazed A-Rod's elbow/forearm. That was enough to elicit cheers, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn't happy about it:
“There's something wrong with that,” said Girardi after the game. "I often think that it starts from the adults. And if it was their child, would they want them to be hit? Because the kids will only repeat what the adults do.”
For what it's worth, Rodriguez played the whole thing off as no big deal:
“I didn't hear [the cheers after the HBP],” he said. “It was the weirdest thing. I forgot to put my elbow pad on -- probably the first time in 2,000 at-bats. Walking up to the plate, I said, ‘Whatever you do, don't get hit in the elbow.' On the second pitch, I got hit on the elbow. I couldn't believe it. I love the fans in Chicago.”
I get booing A-Rod, there's nothing wrong with that given everything going on with him. Cheering when someone gets hit by a pitch -- unless it forces in a run for the home team, I suppose -- is a little lowbrow though.