Well, I wanted to put it to bed, but the darn thing just won’t go to sleep! Jays pitcher Josh Towers hit Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the third inning on Tuesday night, resulting in two bench clearings.
After Rodriguez was hit on the left leg, he started marching toward the mound while yelling at Towers. The Jays pitcher pointed to first base, telling A-Rod to take his base, but New York’s third baseman persisted. So, both benches emptied and so did the bullpens.
Toronto veteran Matt Stairs followed A-Rod down the first-base line and was being restrained by Andy Phillips. After things settled down and the players/coaches returned to the dugouts/bullpens, Rodriguez walked off first and started yelling at Towers again. Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay blocked his path, but both teams spilled onto the field a second time.
No one was ejected and the whole thing delayed the game about 10-15 minutes. Apparently, A-Rod had that whole May 30 incident fresh in his mind when he was hit. That was when he yelled while running around the basepaths, distracting Howie Clark and John McDonald on a routine ninth-inning would-be flyout.
On Monday, Toronto rookie Jesse Litsch threw a fastball behind Rodriguez’s legs in the second inning. After the game, Litsch said he didn’t mean to throw at A-Rod, and Rodriguez said he didn’t remember the pitch. Right. He seemed to remember it just fine when Towers hit him one day later.