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April 24, 2010

Alex Rodriguez and "The Unwritten Rulebook"

There's been way too much talk about Alex Rodriguez breaking one of baseball's "unwritten rule" the other night when, after a long foul ball, he crossed the diamond, walked over the mound and stepped on the pitching rubber.

Was it intentional?


Was he trying to intimidate Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden?

Maybe...who knows.

Truth is, you can never be sure with Rodriguez. This is the same guy who, during Game Six of the 2004 American League Championship Series swatted away Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo's mitt and played it off like it never happened.

Three years later, he made noise again (literally) in Toronto when, during an infield pop up, he shouted in the direction of the Blue Jays infielder who was trying to make the play.

What were his intentions with all of that? I'm not sure.

Thanks to Selena Roberts and her 2009 Sports Illustrated story, we know that Rodriguez is a guy who will do anything he can to gain an edge on his opponent. And here's one thing I know for sure, when "A-Rod" is involved...the shortest distance between two points isn't always a straight line.

Former All-Star third baseman and friend of The Hall Morgan Ensberg took to his website recently to clue readers in on the so-called "unwritten rules" of baseball.

"Understand that what I am doing is going to bother a lot of players. But it is time for you to see this," Ensberg wrote for his readers. "You will notice that the rules are presented in outline form."

Take a gander at the "The Unwritten Rulebook" HERE.

BallHype: hype it up!

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