Plenty of people are up in arms over Alex Rodriguez’s “Mine!” or “Ha!” call while running behind Blue Jays’ third basemen Howie Clark in the Yankees’ 10-5 victory Wednesday night. Jays manager John Gibbons called the play “bush league” after the game:
“Everybody in the games respects the Yankees; they play the game right,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “They play hard, and that’s what they are known for. But I thought it was bush league. That’s not Yankee baseball, man. Everybody respects them, but maybe I am wrong, I haven’t been around that long.”
First and foremost, I agree with Gibbons in that this move wasn’t very Yankee-like. The New York Yankees are always supposed to be the epitome of a team that respects the game to its fullest. However, isn’t this being blown up a bit because it was A-Rod? I would never expect Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols or Torii Hunter to pull a stunt like this, but what if they had? I guarantee some people would have called it a “strategic move”, but because it was an ass like Rodriguez, everybody just piles on. I’m not defending what he did, because really, we never see this kind of thing and I don’t want the MLB to turn into a Little League atmosphere where anything said, goes. But lets keep everything in perspective here. When you factor in how some first basemen fake throws back to the pitcher after pickoff attempts and how infielders sometimes fake tags in order to keep a runner from taking an extra base, what A-Rod did is kind of pair for the course. Bush league? Maybe, considering most players would never do something like that for respect of the game, but overblown? Definitely.
Plus nobody bitched when Willie Mays Hayes from “Major League” did it for the Cleveland Indians back in 1989.