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K-Rod, Bruney involved in outfield altercation

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New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez confronted Yankees reliever Brian Bruney before today's game as both the Mets and Yankees were using the field.

Rodriguez and Bruney had been lobbing verbal hand grenades back and forth via the New York media over the past few days. First, it was the Yankees' Bruney on the cataclysmic Luis Castillo error and how much he enjoyed seeing the gaffe with the demonstrative Rodriguez on the hill.
"[It] couldn't have happened to a better guy on the mound, either," Bruney told reporters, according to the Hunterdon County (N.J.) Democrat. "He's got a tired act. ... He gets what he deserves, man. I just don't like watching the guy pitch. I think it's embarrassing."
Predictably, that didn't sit too well with the single-season saves record holder. Here is his response, which today rings quite prophetic.

"Instead of sending a message in the paper, next time when he sees me at Citi Field, come up to me and say it," Rodriguez said. "Don't be sending a message to the media. I don't even know who that guy is, somewhere in Double-A and not even pitching one full season.

"He's always been on the DL, that's all I really know right now. He'd better keep his mouth shut and do his job, and not worry about somebody else. If it was somebody big, I might pay attention to it. But somebody like that? It doesn't bother me.

"If somebody comes out with that, somebody big like Mariano [Rivera], somebody who has been around and is good at what he does, I would respect that. But for some guy that I don't even know who it is, that hasn't even played a full year in the big leagues, that's always been hurt? It doesn't bother me."
The outfield dust up was captured by TBS and shown before the first pitch of Sunday's game. While it didn't show what led up to the physicality, it did appear that K-Rod was the aggressor in this situation. Eventually the two were separated by their respective teams.

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