Braden gives A-Rod poster, T-shirt
July 7, 2010
OAKLAND – Alex Rodriguez says any feud with Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden is in the past.
Braden gave Rodriguez a poster commemorating his perfect game with a personalized message and a T-shirt that the Athletics made to remember the pair’s April dustup before Tuesday night’s game between Oakland and the New York Yankees.
Rodriguez says it was a nice gesture by Braden and that “we opened and closed that window.”
Braden accused Rodriguez of breaking an unwritten rule of baseball etiquette in April when the slugger cut across the mound and stepped on the rubber as he returned to first after a foul ball.
The A’s are selling “Get Off My Mound” T-shirts in reference to that game. Rodriguez signed 10 of the shirts, and Braden is also planning to sign them before they are auctioned for charity.