A-Rod stench lingers

MIKE RUTSEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

It was the day after the A-Rod antics but the bad form displayed by the Yankees third baseman in Wednesday's game still was a topic of conversation.

Frank Thomas, the Jays' giant designated hitter, cut Rodriguez some slack -- sort of.

"The guy had one stressful day, so maybe he wanted to vent," Thomas said of A-Rod's off-field woes that may have warped his thinking. "The bottom line is, you've still got to step under the ball to catch the baseball, until somebody basically pushes you off or whatever else."

But like his teammates, Thomas wasn't too pleased when it happened.

"We were all upset about it because it was the (pivotal) inning for the ball game," he said.

"It's a respect level. You don't want guys doing that to you when you're out on the field. Why would you do that to somebody else?

Thomas was asked if he were a teammate of A-Rod's would he have pulled him aside and talked to him about what he did?

"It's A-Rod. It's different ... one of the top players in the game. What are you going to tell him?"

And like a lot of other people, Thomas said he doubted Rodriguez would have yelled out at Troy Glaus if he was playing third instead of Howie Clark.

"Maybe not," he said.

"But it was a guy first day up with his team, that's why he did it."

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