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13 August 2010

A bizarre incident happened Wednesday night and spilled over into Thursday at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.  The Mets star relief pitcher, Francisco Rodriguez (nicknamed K-Rod), grabbed his father-in-law out of a family lounge area in the stadium and then proceeded to strike him in the face and bang his head against the wall.  Rodriguez then left the stadium, but after police were notified, a team official called him back and he was promptly charged with third degree assault and second degree harassment.  Pena was hospitalized with a scrape on his face and a bump on his head after K-Rod decided to make the quick switch from relief pitcher to prize fighter.

K-Rod has not disclosed what set him off on his father-in-law, but apparently his temper has gotten the better of him before.  Pena’s daughter, Daian Pena, is Rodriguez’s common-law wife and they have one year old twins.  Unfortunately it does not appear that K-Rod treats her much better than her father as she had previously taken out an order of protection against K-Rod in Venezuala.    At his arraignment in Queens on Thursday, the judge in the case issued orders of protection for both Pena and his daughter.

In speaking about the incident, K-Rod’s attorney said “It's quite a shock for a young man to be put into handcuffs and taken away and charged.”  I imagine that it is also quite a shock for a 58 year old man to be dragged out of a lounge and beaten by a professional athlete.  Rodriguez was suspended for 2 games by the Mets, but unfortunately we probably have not heard the end of K-Rod’s rages.

One-liner:  “K-Rod better hope that $11.5 million will buy a pretty good lawyer.”  (Quote references K-Rod’s salary this year with the Mets).

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Win (for a pitcher):  A pitcher must complete five innings of pitching and his team must be leading when he exits for him to get a win.  A pitcher with 15 wins in a season is doing well; 20 wins is the recognized plateau of excellence.

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