Jerry Manuel’s stupid decision not to bring in Francisco Rodriguez with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning with the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead cost more than just the game. It may have led to K-Rod being behind bars. The closer was arrested at Citi Field following Wednesday night’s loss for allegedly assaulting his father-in-law.
The Daily News reports investigators say Rodriguez threw at least one punch during the altercation in a tunnel just outside the Mets clubhouse in the moments following the 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. His father-in-law suffered facial abrasions and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Rodriguez is charged with third-degree assault.
Witnesses say K-Rod was yelling as he was pushed back from the stadium’s Family Lounge into the hallway, which was crowded with people who were waiting for players after the game. Team security then pulled the pitcher away and rushed him into the clubhouse.
When a reporter who witnessed the incident asked Rodriguez about it, he snapped, “Mind your own f**king business.”
Rodriguez then left the clubhouse but was taken into police custody a short time later.
The Mets confirmed Rodriguez had an altercation with a relative but referred all further questions to the NYPD.
Here’s where Manuel might be to blame (not really, but why not?) — moments before the fight, Rodriguez got angry with reporters who asked why he was not brought into the game at that crucial juncture. Instead, Manny Acosta gave up the game-deciding grand slam to Melvin Mora.
So let’s see — the Mets are all but out of the race for the post-season, Johan Santana gets hit with a civil suit over that alleged rape, and now K-Rod is in the slammer. What’s next, the Mets re-hire Tony Bernazard as a consultant?