|ESPN.com: Baseball||[Print without images]|
Rodriguez screamed, "Mind your own [expletive] business!" to a reporter who tried to ask him a question. The reliever then stormed into a restricted area of the clubhouse. Soon after, a Citi Field security member and uniformed police officer went to that same area of the clubhouse. Rodriguez has had previous confrontations with a team official, a coach and an opponent in his 1½ seasons with the Mets, though none of them reached this level. The excitable 28-year-old pitcher signed a three-year, $37 million contract with the Mets after posting a record 62 saves with the Angels in 2008. He is 4-2 with 25 saves and a 2.24 ERA this season. Rodriguez did not pitch in the Mets' latest loss, which dropped them below .500. Reliever Manny Acosta gave up a two-out grand slam to Melvin Mora in the eighth inning. In May, Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann got into a heated exchange while the pitcher was preparing to enter a game. Mets manager Jerry Manuel later said the matter was resolved, without divulging what caused the dispute. In July 2009, Rodriguez and former Mets official Tony Bernazard argued aboard the team bus. Bernazard was later fired by the Mets amid several allegations. That June, Rodriguez and New York Yankees reliever Brian Bruney needed to be separated before a game. They had jawed at each other in the media a day earlier. Information from ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley and The Associated Press was used in this report.