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Dempster's buds should pay his fine...I'd help!

by Jim McKinney

You may know that Red Sox pitcher Rick Dempster has been suspended 5 games by Major League Baseball for throwing at NY Yankees hitter Alex Rodriguez...and as it stands...Dempster may only miss one start, if that...Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello earned a 6-game sitdown for a similar incident last month...and then when he appealed, got it knocked down to 5 games, thus not missing a turn, either...so did MLB screw the pooch on this one?  In a word...maybe...

It is a poorly-kept secret that Bud Selig would love to find a way to get rid of A-Rod forever and ever...or at least get him out of the game that Selig holds in such high esteem (where is that sarcasm font when you need it)...and this does kinda give the allegedly drugged one some ammo for his bevy of high paid lawyers...

Still...I imagine that there are a LOT of major leaguers that are secretly applauding Dempster...and his persistence in making sure he hit A-Rod somewhere...if for nothing more than to make a statement that the Yankee 3B is PNG around the league...

So...Ryan...if someone needs to get the ball rolling on your fine payment collection...let me know...I think you did us all a favor...