According to several Mets beat reporters, K-Rod and Brian Bruney nearly came to blows after an argument in left field during batting practice this morning. They were separated by Mike Pelfrey and others before punches were thrown.
The Yankees injured relief pitcher Brian Bruney and Mets closer K-Rod have a minor war of words going this weekend. Surprisingly, it was started by Bruney after Friday night’s game in which K-Rod got a blown save when Luis Castillo dropped a pop-up allowing the winning run to score.
It’s actually kind of shocking that a guy with 13 wins and 13 saves over parts of six seasons in the majors would attack K-Rod in the media. I could see him having a problem with K-Rod and expressing it to friends and teammates privately. But Bruney just doesn’t have the resume to go after K-Rod publicly. Come on! K-Rod has 24 wins and 224 saves including the all-time single season record.
“Unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like that. I have, but in high school,” Bruney told reporters in Trenton, N.J. “It couldn’t happen to a better guy on the mound, either. He’s got a tired act.”
After converting a save, Francisco Rodriguez often pounds his chest and points to the sky while letting out a roar.
“I just don’t like watching the guy pitch,” Bruney said. “I think it’s embarrassing.”
Of course, when K-Rod was told about it he didn’t even know who Bruney was.
“If it comes out from somebody big like Mariano [Rivera], somebody who has been around and who is good at what he does, I would respect that from him,” the Mets’ reliever said. “But some guy that I don’t even know who it is, hasn’t maybe played a full year in the big leagues, always been hurt …”
“He better keep his mouth shut and do his job and not worry about somebody else,” Rodriguez said. “If it came out from somebody big, I might pay attention to it. But somebody like that, it doesn’t bother me.”
On Saturday Bruney seemed to back off his comments somewhat when he realized that doesn’t have pitching chops to comment on K-Rod.
“I’m not going to get into a media war with K-Rod. He’s had a great career. He set the save record and besides, he doesn’t know who I am. So it doesn’t matter what I think,” Bruney said in the Yankees’ clubhouse after Saturday’s loss.
“I stand by what I said. I don’t know that it makes any difference, since the guy’s never heard of me. He may be a great dude, I don’t know. I’ve never met him,” he added. “I was taught to play the game a different way and you won’t see me doing those kinds of things.”
I’m surprised that Bruney hasn’t gone after his teammate Joba Chamberlain for his antics. Chamberlain is alway screaming and fist-pumping on the mound. I’d like to hear what Bruney’s thoughts are on that.