Ryan Dempster threw at Arod 4 times and finally got him in the elbow and back. Many people, including myself, applaud him and wonder why he is only the second person since Arod has been back to throw at him. So what does major league baseball do? They hand him a fine and a 5 game suspension. So basically they are protecting the man who is constantly giving baseball a black eye.
Alex Rodriguez is an arrogant piece of crap who has no respect for the game, his fellow players, his teammates, the fans or himself. The recent discovery of his lawyers putting together a lawsuit against the Yankee's doctors just adds to the laundry list of shady drama that this man has produced. It is obvious that he believes he is above the game and above the rules. I doubt there is little contention that the Yankees are playing him to avoid more legal battles and quietly hoping he gets hurt.
So Ryan Dempster takes it upon himself to police the situation as best he can. I would have loved to see every pitcher going against the Yankees plunk Arod until he decided he didn't want to go out there anymore. Now that can't happen because baseball has gone on record of protecting their black sheep. Sure there are some people out there that say rules are put into place and we should let them play out. MLB is simply taking the higher ground. The problem is that you are punishing players who have integrity for the game. If you want to throw him out of the game that is one thing, but to suspend and fine him, you are sending a message that people can't throw at this guy and ultimately giving him the inside part of the plate. Not to mention that you are setting yourself up for a media disaster. After years of self policing in baseball, they are taking a stand that it is not ok to do so against this guy because they don't want to deal with the legal ramifications that could possibly come with it.
He is a joke and is taking the entire game down a peg by his actions. You want pitchers to stop throwing at him, take him out of the game, or let him take himself out. He made his own bed, let him stand there and take it. I would make sure I am pretty good at dodging pitches if I was going to go through all of the actions that Arod went through and still fought to get back on the field. You steal a base when your team is up by 10 runs, everyone knows you are going to get thrown at the next time you come to the plate. If you take steroids multiple times and try to cover it up and hurt the integrity of the game, you should expect to get thrown at multiple times.