Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden was highly annoyed when, after Robinson Cano fouled a pitch off in the sixth inning yesterday, Alex Rodriguez cut across the diamond and stomped on the pitching mound (or maybe dragged his foot across Braden's foot's landing spot, though this clip doesn't show that) as he returned to first base.
"I don't care if I'm Cy Young or the 25th man on a roster; if I've got the ball in my hand and I'm out there on that mound, that's not your mound. You want to run across the mound? Go run laps in the bullpen. ... He should maybe watch his captain a little more often. ... I don't go over there and run laps at third base. I don't spit over there. I stay away. ... The guy was tasting himself too long to apologize. ... I was trying to convey to him that I'm still out there, the ball is in my hand, and it's my pitcher's mound."
Braden also alluded to the infamous slap play during Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS: "What was he doing? Was he trying to break up a double play at first?