Oh stop it. Since A-Rod was the one bringing it on, that was expected.
If A-Rod would have taken the first shot, everyone would be yelling how A-Rod was the punk. I guess this is a lesson for A-Rod next time to throw the first punch.
No, A-Rod's a Yankee, remember? He'd be revered for his "toughness" and how he doesn't take anything from anybody. Yankee fans (many, not all of them) are usually unable to say that anyone on their team is anything short of angelic. Look at the Game/Fight Commentary if you want it confirmed.
Remember, not all Yankee fans. But a lot of them.