Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez Once Pulled Off Slapgate on Rivals Glove in One of the Most Infamous Moments of His MLB Career

Published 04/21/2022, 11:13 AM EDT
NEW YORK – JUNE 29: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after popping out in the 9th inning against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on June 29, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez is one of the best ever to step into the ballpark in Major League Baseball. The Yankees legend has dominated an era of baseball. Though A-Rod was a great player, he was also one of the most controversial players to play in MLB. He made the historical rivalries between the Yankees and Red Sox even more memorable with his controversial actions in the ballpark.

The New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox have to be the most iconic rivalry in the history of Major League Baseball. Over the past 100 years, these two teams have never liked each other. As time passed by, the rivalry reached a new height. And if a player like Alex Rodriguez plays for either side, then it will only get more controversy.

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Taking back to the time, in the 2004 season, the New York Yankees played against their arch-rivals, the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. At that time, A-Rod had recently joined the Yankees. And in his first season with the Yankees, A-Rod created a brawl against the Red Sox.

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez slapped a ball from a Red Sox player’s glove

This incident is from the 2004 season. The Yankees were on the verge of winning the American League Championship Series. They blew a 3-0 lead against the Red Sox and ended up trailing 4-2 in game 6 of the series. Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez stepped onto the plate in the eighth inning of the Game 6.

NEW YORK – AUGUST 04: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees runs the bases after hitting his 600th career home run in the first inning against Shaun Marcum #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

While batting, A-Rod hit the ball to first base, where Bronson Arroyo of the Red Sox was on the field. When Arroyo ran towards A-Rod to dismiss him from the plate, the Yankees star literally slapped his hand on Arroyo’s glove. Eventually, after reviewing the replays, umpires called him out, and the Yankees also lost the game to their biggest rivals.

According to NCB Sports, A-Rod admitted that he did it on purpose, and it was worth a try. “It was worth the try. How’s that?,” said Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez. “I was trying to go for his glove, and Arroyo’s a very good athlete. He got off the mound very quickly.”

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Even after the retirement of A-Rod, the rivalry between the two teams has only grown. Earlier this season, the Yankees defeated the Red Sox in the Bronx in their opening day game.

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Given their historic rivalries, which team do you root for?

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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