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Marlins reliever hears ‘a-hole’ chants after walking A-Rod in 3,000th hit bid

Alex Rodriguez stood on the threshold of history as he strolled to the plate in 8th inning during the New York Yankees’ game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

After collecting two hits in New York’s 9-4 victory, A-Rod was sitting on 2,999 hits, one base hit shy of reaching one of the most coveted career achievements in baseball. The only thing standing in his way was Marlins reliever Sam Dyson, who took the mound to start the eighth with his team down 5-3. The atmosphere was electric in the Bronx, as Yankees fans realized they might just witness history.

And then Dyson walked A-Rod. On four pitches, all inside fastballs, two of which nearly plunked the Yankees slugger.

Then the boos rained down, highlighted by vicious taunts from the Yankees faithful, including a lot of fans yelling variations of “a-hole” and “you suck,” according to a New York Post report.

Dyson seemingly took the bashing in the Bronx all in stride. At least as much as possible.

“You can’t really understand what they’re saying,” he said. “You pretty much tune everything out. It’s just noise. I couldn’t hear exactly what they were saying. I just heard they were loud. That was it.”

When asked if he was overcautious with his pitches in an effort to avoid being the pitcher responsible for surrendering Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, Dyson denied it.

“I was trying to get him out,” he said. “I was trying to beat him with my best stuff and if he beats me, oh well.”

As noted in the Post’s report, it’s possible that Dyson simply didn’t have it on Thursday night, as evidenced by how he struggled mightily after giving A-Rod his free pass. He ultimately surrendered four runs on two hits and two walks, and had a wild pitch to boot. When Marlins skipper Dan Jennings yanked Dyson, the boos reportedly were stadium-shaking.

Whether or not it was all a case of Dyson being left shaken by nearly becoming an answer to an MLB trivia question or just a bad night on the mound is unclear. But either way, the Yankees fans clearly weren’t impressed with his efforts.

(image credit: New York Post)