BOSTON -- When Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney arrived in the clubhouse Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park, he was sporting a cast on his left arm, the result of surgery in which a screw was inserted to repair a broken knuckle after he punched a door in frustration during Boston’s 7-3 win on Monday.
He went 0-for-4 that night and after his last at-bat, in which he grounded out to second base, he punched the door leading from the dugout. After the game, he called it an embarrassing situation and apologized for letting down his teammates and Red Sox fans.
“I haven’t slept in two days,” Sweeney said on Wednesday. “I mean, even though I was on pain meds yesterday I couldn’t sleep. I just messed up. I have talked to a lot of guys; everybody’s thrown their helmet or thrown their bat or hit something. I guess I just didn’t know how to punch the door. It’s just one of those things that I thought I was OK and the adrenaline got to me.
“Like I was telling these guys, I didn’t punch the door, I kind of did it with both my hands. I was kind of frustrated pushing it and I guess I just caught my knuckle on the door.”
Sweeney had the procedure on Tuesday and likely will miss the remainder of the season.
Red Sox starter Aaron Cook played a prank on Sweeney on Wednesday, leaving a pair of boxing gloves in his locker stall.
“It’s pretty funny that he’s pitching today and he has time to think about that,” Sweeney said. “I can tell you I won’t be punching anything ever again.”
His remorse is genuine and even Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine knows it.
“He’s really disappointed,” Valentine said. “He’s one of those guys who knows the difference between right and wrong, I’m not saying a lot of guys don’t, but he really does and he knew this was wrong and he’s really disappointed about it.”