What did I say? “What was said, from my half, was simply a rebut and a reply,” Rodriguez said. “What was said under the mask was a lot greater.”

Finally, A-Rod says what I thought happened. A-Rod didn’t start anything and he’ll rightfully appeal any suspension that he is given.

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal any suspension he might receive for his role in Saturday’s brawl with the Boston Red Sox.

“Whatever it is I’m going to appeal it,” Rodriguez said Monday. “When somebody attacks you have to protect yourself.”

Rodriguez said Varitek started the fight.

“What was said, from my half, was simply a rebut and a reply,” Rodriguez said. “What was said under the mask was a lot greater.”

Rodriguez said he merely stood up for himself.

“If someone challenges you like that, I’m going to stand up to it,” he said.

Also, about Sturtze – someone said he was pulling Kapler off of Bernie who was pulling Schilling off of A-Rod. I don’t know if its true, but if that’s the case – Sturtze gains some respect.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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