For those of you just joining in, Alex Rodriguez had a storied baseball career until the steroid scandal exploded. He denied being a part of it, evidence contradicted that claim, and while other players took their punishments with appropriate amounts of shame, A-Rod has thrown a tantrum consisting of shrilly denials, witness intimidation, and ratting out other players. He’s been given a 211 game suspension, and—guess what?—he’s appealing it.
That’s why a pitcher is hitting him on purpose, and that’s why everyone is fine with it. Notice how the other Yankees stay on the bench? Yeah.