Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez took some time out of his day on Sunday to talk with Mets superstar 1B Pete Alonso about anything from baseball to what the reigning NL Rookie of the Year likes to cook.
But, when A-Rod's Q&A was over, he asked Alonso if he had anything to ask and the youngster asked a very good question that had an even better answer.
Alonso wanted to know how Rodriguez dealt with the pressure of hearing boos, specifically when he was going through his appeal process after being suspended 211 games for PED use. The Yankees were playing the Red Sox in August -- right after the suspension was slapped on him -- and the Fenway Park faithful were definitely letting Rodriguez hear it.
However, that wasn't even half of the story. Of course, Ryan Dempster was on the mound that night and he infamously threw behind Rodriguez three times just to hit him with the final pitch.
Well, Rodriguez relived that moment with Alonso and had this to say about the whole situation...
Alex Rodriguez recounts his home run in 2013 after being drilled by Ryan Dempster:- Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) March 30, 2020
"What I was trying to do was hit the ball right back at his cap to hit him in the forehead. I missed, and ended up hitting the ball to center field" 🔥 pic.twitter.com/M2rSGYEGY4
"I don't know if you remember watching that, but my first at-bat Ryan threw like three balls behind me to try and hit me," Rodriguez explained. "And then on the fourth -- 3-0 pitch -- he smoked me. Girardi came out of the dugout and just went crazy and I was really pissed off about it. I mean I was boiling for 45 minutes to an hour."
What Rodriguez did two at-bats later was phenomenal, shooting a bomb to dead center field for a homer in a 3-for-4 night that shut the crowd up.
"What I was trying to do was hit the ball right back at his cap and hit him in between the forehead and I missed and I ended up hitting the ball to center field," he said. "I was so angry that I don't know how I hit that ball because I was furious and really pissed off.
"When I rounded first base, if you ever go back to the film, I screamed at him. I go, 'Yeah, take that you m---erf---er.' I just went off."
Rodriguez finished by saying he had to calm himself down when he got home, but that moment was a special one for him. It's pretty interesting to hear what was going through the former MVP's head years later in one of his more iconic moments of his career.
If you want to relive it as well, here you go...