Penny takes issue with Maddon’s comments
A day after Rays manager Joe Maddon said he would’ve had no problem with Sean Rodriguez charging the mound on Brad Penny Tuesday, Penny said Maddon had the wrong idea what happened during his exchange with Rodriguez in that game.
Maddon suggested Penny yelled at Rodriguez for hustling on a fly ball to left that led off the seventh inning.
“For anybody to bark at another player for … hustling is absolutely insane, ludicrous,” Maddon told reporters after Wednesday’s game, according to the St. Petersburg Times. “And if Sean had just charged the mound, I’d have been fine with that at that particular moment.”
Penny said Thursday morning that was totally false. His problem with Rodriguez, he said, was with his yelling in frustration while he rounded first base.
“He’s just screaming and cussing because he got out,” Penny said. “I guess he should’ve hit the ball out of the park like he does every at-bat.”
Rodriguez entered Thursday batting .213 with five home runs this season.
“He’s screaming [curse words],” Penny continued. “Well, what are you supposed to do, hit every ball out of the park? Come on. To me, that’s a sign of disrespect if you scream it that loud. I mean, you don’t have to go out of your way. All these kids can hear you. It’s not too loud in here. So to me, that’s not being professional.
“Why would I get on somebody for not hustling? That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard. I love when guys hustle. I may get on them for not hustling, maybe — not their guy, our guys. I have no problem with hustle.”
Rodriguez’s hustle, ironically, won the game Wednesday, beating out a throw to second base as the winning run scored.
As for Maddon’s suggestion of charging the mound, Penny had similar sentiments.
“For the manager to say I’m fine with him charging the mound, that’s stupid,” Penny said. “First of all, fine, charge the mound. I don’t care. I mean, they don’t build fences around the mound. But for him to say that over something he obviously has no knowledge of what happened, it’s amazing.”