Rodriguez not afraid to get hit by pitch

Rodriguez not afraid to get hit by pitch

Rodriguez not afraid to get hit by pitch
BOSTON -- Fans watching Sean Rodriguez during Tuesday's doubleheader will likely remember the infielder one of two ways: The guy who hit into a triple play or the guy who always seems to get hit by a pitch.

Rodriguez grounded into a 5-4-3 triple play in the fourth Tuesday night, which he noted was the first time he's done so at any level.

"As soon as I hit it, I'm like, 'Oh no,'" Rodriguez said with a smile.

Rodriguez allowed that he would much prefer to be remembered as the guy who gets hit by pitches a lot.

Jon Lester hit Rodriguez on the left knee in the first game, sending him reeling to the ground in pain, but he did not leave the game, and Matt Albers hit him on his left thigh in the second game.

Rodriguez has been plunked a team-high 12 times and noted that he will take the free base if a pitch is headed his direction.

"I don't like to move," Rodriguez said. "[I] have to find a way to get on. ... You can watch the videos of when I get hit, and 90 percent of the time, I'm not moving out of the way. If they're going to hit me, they're going to put me on base."

When asked about how much having a baseball smashing into his body hurts, Rodriguez smiled.

"Just at that moment," he said.

However, you won't see Rodriguez rub where he got plunked, except in rare instances.

"Unless they hit you in the knee and you can't feel it [like in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader]," Rodriguez said. "Then you have to rub it a little bit. [Otherwise] I never like to give the pitcher satisfaction. ... [Sometimes] I'll see guys get hit in a nice simple spot and I'm like, 'Come on, dude, you're just delaying the game.'"