K-Rod: It's good to 'shut up' Yankees fans

May, 21, 2011
Francisco Rodriguez certainly enjoyed the sound of silence from Yankee fans at the end of the Mets’ 2-1 win on Friday night.

“You’ve got 50,000 people. Probably, you’ve got 35,000 screaming and booing you at the same time. So to make them quiet, make them ‘shut up’ at the end of the game is quite nice,” Rodriguez said after converting his 15th straight save chance by retiring the Yankees in order in the ninth inning.

K-Rod got Russell Martin to ground out to open the ninth and retired Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher on swinging strikeouts to end the game.

It was Rodriguez’s fourth save in five chances as a Met against the Yankees -- the lone blown save comingf when Luis Castillo dropped that infamous pop fly. K-Rod also extended his scoreless innings streak to 19. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 18 games -- since April 17.

Afterward, Rodriguez said he was in the best groove of his career, a career that includes a season in which he set the single-season saves record (63 in 2008).

Terry Collins was effusive with praise for K-Rod and Jason Isringhausen (scoreless eighth inning) in his postgame chat with reporters.

“I know if those guys score, they’re going to have to earn it,” Collins said. “…. And that guy at the end of the game, I don’t know how to describe him. He’s fearless.”

Ian Begley

ESPN Staff Writer



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