18. Ryan Dempster plunks A-Rod
It was the plunk heard ‘round the world last August when Red Sox righthander Ryan Dempster sent a message to the embattled Alex Rodriguez about what he thinks of so-called cheaters when he fired a fastball into his back during a Sunday Night Baseball showdown between Boston and New York at Fenway.
A-Rod called Dempster’s hitting him “unprofessional,” … like when he tried to knock the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove trying to get to first base. Official Friend-of-Alex David Ortiz said he didn’t like Dempster’s plunking to complicate the matter further among Red Sox Nation. Dempster naturally denied throwing at the disgraced three-time MVP, who is fighting MLB on a pending 211-game suspension.
Dempster received a five-game suspension for the act – essentially zero for a starting pitcher – and he went along to celebrate a World Series Championship along with Ortiz when the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals in October. Rodriguez recently appeared at the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, causing another faux-firestorm when he appeared in a photo with the Red Sox DH.