Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was set to start Wednesday night's game against the Rockies, but had to wait an extra minute or so for opposing pitcher Tyler Anderson to make his way back from the bullpen. As Anderson walked on the field, Kershaw gave him a death stare while the game was slightly delayed.
"I mean, that was one of the more disrespectful things I have been a part of in a game," Kershaw said. "I really didn't appreciate that. The game starts at 7:10 and has started at 7:10 here for a long time so just go around, or finish earlier. But yeah, that wasn't appreciated, for sure. Especially, you know, I'm not going tosay anymore, I'll get in trouble."
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Kershaw, athree-time Cy Young Award winner, has more experience than Anderson when it comes to unwritten rules of baseball. The Rockies pitcher has been in the league for just over a year. When asked about the incident, Anderson didn't think it was that big of a deal.
"I threw a few extra pitches in the bullpen before the game,"Anderson said, via ESPN. "I didn't mean any disrespect by it. I was surprised the umpire didn't let him pitch."
While Kershaw says the delay didn't rattle him, he did allow the first three batters to get on base (one walk, two hits). He allowed just one run in the inning, though, and ended with his third win of the season.