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Eduardo Rodriguez offers strong explanation for World Series glove throw

Rob Bradford
December 11, 2018 - 2:28 pm

LAS VEGAS -- Eduardo Rodriguez swung through the MLB winter meetings Tuesday talking a whole lot of Fortnite (he was in town to play in an MLB-sponsored tournament for the video game) and a little baseball.

But perhaps the most interesting topic that came up -- besides designating Joe Kelly, David Price and Nathan Eovaldi as the best Fortnite players on the Red Sox -- was the pitcher's recounting of throwing his glove to the ground in Game 4 of the World Series.

It was clearly a moment still fresh on Rodriguez's mind.

"I was thinking just don't throw the glove again," he said when talking about lessons learned from 2018. "That's what I got on my mind because I almost opened a hole on the mound and that's going to be bad."

The impetus for Rodriguez slamming his glove to the Dodger Stadium mound was Yasiel Puig's three-run homer that gave Los Angeles a 4-0 lead and put a dent in a memorable performance by the lefty, who had allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings to that point.

It was an odd sight to see a pitcher execute such a glove-throwing. But talking in a hallway at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Rodriguez made a pretty strong case for allowing just a moment.

"As a pitcher, you do it in the dugout," he said of showing that kind of emotion. "Most of the guys you get some frustration or you get emotional. Most of the time hitters come into the dugout and they start smashing their bat or throw their helmets. As a pitcher you come in the dugout, you throw your glove and go inside and start screaming or whatever you want to do. For me, it was the moment. It was the World Series and I didn't want to give up the home run there. Everyone asks, 'Why did you do that?' I tell them why as a pitcher you can't do that but as a hitter you can break your bat, you can throw your bat down, you can do all of that? So why as a pitcher can't you show emotion? That's what I ask everybody, why the hitters can do it and pitchers can't. When they strike out they throw their bat and everything. What about when they hit a homer off of us? How are we going to feel? We just see the ball go fly like that on a homer, give me another ball and stuff like that. Sometimes we get emotional."

Considering Rodriguez wasn't told he was starting Game 4 until the morning of the game and hadn't started in any of the previous postseason games to that point, the whole scene was something he continues to soak in.

"After I came in the dugout when I was warming up with Vazqy (Christian Vazquez) in the bullpen Dana (LeVangie) came to me and ask me how many outs could I get," Rodriguez said. "I got my first three outs and he came to me again and asked, 'How many more can you get?' The whole time I was coming in and going into the dugout he would just ask, 'How many more can you get? Can you get three more?' That made me feel really good to go out there again and keep pitching."

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