Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez finally addressed his third-degree assault and second-degree harassment charges on Saturday at Citi Field. He made a one-minute statement and did not take questions. Here’s the transcript of that statement, via ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin:
“First of all, I’m extremely sorry,” Rodriguez said. “I want to
apologize to [owners] Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Mr. [Saul] Katz for
the incident that happened Wednesday night. I want to apologize also to
the Mets fans, to my teammates. I want to apologize, of course, to the
front office for the embarrassing moment that I caused. I’m looking
forward to being a better person.
“Right now the plan is I’m going
to be going to [an] anger management program. And I cannot be speak no
farther about the legal stuff that we’re going through right now. I want
to apologize. Sorry.”
Was it enough? Probably not. But there’s no easy way to make up for his hideous and violent actions. The anger management counseling should at least help him internally.
If you’re into the gossipy side of this story, the New York Post is reporting (with pictures!) that K-Rod has moved out of the Long Island home that he shared with his girlfriend. It’s safe to say that relationship just took a major hit.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.