By saving a 3-2 win over Washington on Monday night, Francisco Rodriguez earned his 31st save in 77 team games. That puts him well ahead of the pace he'd need to break Bobby Thigpen's 18-year-old record of 57 saves in a season. However, he may have already shattered the season record for sending his post-save props skyward.
In case you've been wondering why the game photos always produce at least one shot of K-Rod kissing his hand and pointing upward, here's an explanation from the demonstrative dealer himself.
Rodriguez explains that he raises his arms to thank God, and the kiss is directed at his grandfather, who died in 1999 — Rodriguez's first year in the minors — and whom he refers to as his dad.
... However, Rodriguez acknowledged he's heard grumbling over his career.
"All the time. I don't care. Why would I care about that? I only care about my job," he said. "I'm not changing it. I don't care what people say. That's my way. People can say I'm arrogant, a (jerk), anything they want to say. But me, I'm going to live my world. I don't care what people think or say."