Alex Rodriguez, as quoted tonight by the Associated Press :

“I just hope he continues to talk about me and my teammates,” the New York Yankees’ third baseman said Friday. “It’s going to give us great motivation to beat him up in the future.”

Schilling called it a “bush-league play” after Rodriguez was called out for interference in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series last October. A-Rod, trying to beat out an infield dribbler, slapped the ball away from pitcher Bronson Arroyo near first base.

“To me it was just odd, because I mean we beat him a couple of times during the year and he was crying on the bench,” Rodriguez said of Schilling. “And then he lost Game 1 and he wouldn’t talk or anything. And obviously, he wins Game 6 and then he’s still talking ’til today. So it’s just something we as players have been accustomed to. But it’s something I’m not worried about.”

Schilling, reached on a cell phone Friday, said Rodriguez had his facts wrong.

“It’s not true. I talked after Game 1,” Schilling said. “I don’t care what Alex says. When someone says that, you consider the source.”

If you’ll look back to the aftermath of the ALCS Game 6, Schilling of course, was withering in his criticism of Rodriguez. But he was also very deliberate in calling A-Rod “classless” compared to the rest of the Yankees, claiming that A-Rod’s slaptastic tactics wouldn’t have come from Derek Jeter, etc. So if Schilling has been bashing the Yankees (as opposed to mocking A-Rod), we’ve not seen it.

As far as crying is concerned, it was Schilling that was up at 2:30 am after ALCS Game One in the Sons Of Sam Horn chat room saying his injured ankle was “no excuse” and taking full responsibility for the loss. Rodriguez, whose idea of fan interaction is charging $5000 for a few minutes in his company, didn’t seem nearly as contrite regarding his own role in THE GREATEST CHOKE OF ALL TIME.