Cody Scarpetta, a right-handed pitcher for the Brevard County, Fla., Manatees, said he lost control when he popped the Yankees star on his rehabbing right labrum.
His 80-year-old grandmother, Marilyn Meyers, of Rockford, Ill., didn’t seem apologetic. “I think he thinks he’s kind of a hotshot. I don’t care for his personality,” Meyers said of A-Rod. “He just thinks he’s better than the other boys.”
While Scarpetta’s father, Dan, said his 24-year-old son wouldn’t purposely throw at A-Rod, he didn’t back down about the Yankee third baseman's about the player’s history with performance-enhancing drugs.
“I think where there’s smoke there’s fire,” said Dan Scarpetta, a former minor-league pitcher. “He’s admitted that he’s used in the past. So obviously we know he has in the past.”
In a backhanded compliment, the senior Scarpetta said Rodriguez didn’t need steroids to be a great player.
“He would have been a Hall of Fame player had he not been using, and I don’t think he needed to use any drugs to enhance his abilities,” the father said. “He was a great, great player before that.”
The younger Scarpetta nailed the star’s right hip in the fifth inning Saturday night in the Florida State League game. Rodriguez, playing for the Class-A Tampa Yankees, winced but stayed in the game.
The Yankees' $275 million third baseman showed off the bruise that Scarpetta’s curveball left on his hip Sunday, but he refused to let reporters take pictures of it.
“I was really trying to throw it for a strike and it just went the other way,” Scarpetta said Sunday. “It was the last thing I was trying to do because that loaded the bases, but it definitely slipped.”