Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster is nothing if not persistent, taking more than one attempt before giving Red Sox fans what they apparently wanted to see Sunday -- controversial New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez getting nailed by a pitch.
Rodriguez, who is allowed to keep playing while appealing a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case, was booed by the crowd at Fenway Park all night, starting with his initial appearance in the on-deck circle during the first inning.
The jeers grew louder -- including the chant, "You're a cheater!" -- when he entered the batter's box to lead off the second inning, then turned to cheers when A-Rod was sent flailing after Dempster's first pitch went behind the batter's knees.
Two pitches later, a Dempster fastball struck Rodriguez in the elbow and ricocheted off his back, again to the delight of the crowd -- and to the dismay of Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, who was enraged that Dempster was allowed to stay in the game (both sides received a warning).