Dan Shaughnessy polled some former players about A-Rod's pop-up play -- was it bush-league, or not? -- came up with a split decision. Barry Bonds has A-Rod's back on this play, saying it's not a bush-league play, but Rich Aurilia does not. Casey Blake says the play violates The Code.
Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez says that yelling at infielders is standard operating procedure for A-Rod, and calls it "stupid." Richie Sexson calls it "bush league," as John Hickey writes. Within this notebook, Tom Gage writes that a Tigers infielder had a similar incident with A-Rod last year.
Frank Thomas wonders, within this piece, if A-Rod would have said anything if the play had involved Troy Glaus, rather than Howie Clark -- which, interestingly, is exactly what some of the Red Sox thought after A-Rod slapped Bronson Arroyo's glove during the 2004 playoffs; the prevailing feeling among the Boston players then was that A-Rod would not have made the same move if Curt Schilling had been the guy covering first base.
A-Rod is tone-deaf sometimes, writes Mike Lupica.
Barry Bonds is exactly the type of person ARod wants in his corner on shady issues like this. I'm sure ARod is thrilled about this development. Also, it looks like he has a history of behaving immaturely on the basepaths. Why does this not surprise me?