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Girardi: Wrong to cheer for A-Rod's HBP

August, 7, 2013
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Alex Rodriguez Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY SportsSome fans cheered Tuesday when Alex Rodriguez was hit by a Chris Sale pitch at the Cell.
CHICAGO – In addition to feeling that Chicago White Sox fans were insensitive Tuesday night, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi also believed they were poor role models.

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Girardi, a Peoria, Ill., native and Northwestern graduate, was asked about the cheer that went up at U.S. Cellular Field in the third inning of Tuesday's game when Alex Rodriguez was hit by a Chris Sale pitch.

"There's something wrong with that," said Girardi, a former Chicago Cubs catcher. "I often think that it starts from the adults. And if it was their child, would they want them to be hit? Because the kids will only repeat what the adults do."

Sale's 93 MPH fastball appeared to graze off Rodriguez's left elbow as he tried to squeeze himself out of the way.

Fans have been especially hard on Rodriguez since he made his season debut Monday after spending the entire year on the disabled list. On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that Rodriguez was suspended 211 games for his relationship with the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic and impeding MLB's investigation, but he has been allowed to play as he appeals that suspension.

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