When I posted that video of Dallas Braden where he basically threatened to fight A-Rod, I wondered how A-Rod’s teammates would feel about his comments. Well, now we know:

“He’s a clown,” CC Sabathia said of Braden. “Guy says he’s from the 209, what the [bleep] is that? That’s where I’m from, and I don’t know what he’s talking about. Two-oh-nine. He needs to just calm down – put that in the paper. That’s just tired.”


“I don’t know why he keeps bringing it up,” said Derek Jeter. “Go ask him, because I have no idea why he’s talking about it again.”

“Braden is wrong and Alex is right,” said general manager Brian Cashman. “The more Dallas talks about it, the sillier he looks.”

Even Oakland’s GM, Billy Beane, is upset:

The comments embarrassed A’s general manager Billy Beane, who prides himself on running an intelligent, forward-thinking franchise. The A’s might be living on baseball’s equivalent of food stamps, but they’re generally regarded as hard-nosed, clean players who aren’t given to excesses like Braden’s.

Beane, who was on a scouting trip in Mississippi on Friday, ended Braden’s publicity tour in a brief but emphatic phone call with his starter. Reached later on, Beane said, “The player has been spoken to, and hopefully the matter should be over.”

As for the man himself, here’s what Alex said:

A-Rod said it was “tempting” to respond, but ultimately decided against it, noting, “I don’t want to extend his 15 minutes [of fame].”

These two teams don’t face each other until July, so this will probably be the last we hear about this, at least for a while. But it’s great to see the Yankees standing up for their teammate.

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