At some point, hopefully soon, athletes will stop taking out their frustrations on inanimate objects because this is becoming an all too frequent occurrence. And in more cases than not the objects don’t get the worst of the confrontation.
Amar’e Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher case during the NBA playoffs which led to him missing game three of the Knicks’ series against the Miami Heat, which New York lost. Although the Knicks probably would have lost had Stoudemire played.
Ryan Sweeney of the Boston Red Sox hasn’t played since July 30 because he broke his pinkie punching a door after grounding out.
Before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers Hanley Ramirez was hospitalized with an infected hand, the result of him punching a cooling fan.
Now we can add Sean Rodriguez to the list. The infielder, who has appeared in 106 games for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, is currently in Triple-A but was expected to be called back up this weekend. A moment of frustration has made sure that roster move will not be happening, atleast not yet.
“It was all set up and everything was there,” he [manager Joe Maddon] said. “It’s just unfortunate this happened. Especially against lefthanded pitchers, he’s a big part of what we do here. Maybe it’s not as bad as I’m hearing, but then again it could be and he may end up missing the rest of the season. I’m just not sure.”
“Definitely the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,”" Rodriguez said by phone.
Rodriguez has struggled at the plate this season, batting .215/.278/.330 with 6 home runs and 32 RBI in 297 at-bats. Despite that he still seems to have the support of Maddon, who was planning to make his trip to the minors a brief one.
Hopefully Rodriguez makes a speedy recovery to help the Rays down the stretch. Tampa is 4 games back of the first place New York Yankees in the AL East and just 0.5 games out of a wild card spot.