Ortiz Loses Cool and Some “Respect”

It was one of those moments captured on film that will be played over and over when Major League Baseball wants to say something cute about players going “batty”. They’ll set it to music and everyone will have a laugh. They’ll use phrases like “David Ortiz gave new meaning to the phrase ‘slammed down the phone’ ” or “Ortiz made sure he wasn’t going to get rung up again.”

Jul 27, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) is restrained by manager John Farrell (53) and bench coach Torey Lovullo (17) after being ejected in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Quite simply, Big Papi completely lost his cool and endangered teammates last night in Baltimore when he went on a tirade in Boston’s dugout after being called out on strikes by home plater umpire Tim Timmons. Timmons had been blowing a few calls for both teams during the night, setting the stage for a number of testy at bats but nothing like what fans witnessed at Camden Yards.

In this video Ortiz clearly endangers teammates Jose Iglesias and Dustin Pedroia after being ejected by Timmons. “I didn’t hit anybody,” Ortiz said. “I know what I was swinging at. I’ve got good eyes, bro.’’ Personally, I don’t think you want to leave the randomness of shards of a baseball bat and a phone to chance.

After Ortiz killed the phone casing he pushed his way onto the field and was intercepted by manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo as Ortiz continued to bark at Timmons.

I love David Ortiz. I love what he is to the city of Boston and the Red Sox organization. He crossed the line last night when he put his teammates at risk. Yes, he has good eyes. He doesn’t, however, have eyes in the back of his head nor does he know how teammates will react who can’t see what’s happening and only hear the noise.

Papi was quoted on www.masslive.com: ”All I’ve got to tell you is I’ve got 17 years in the league, and I don’t think I deserve to be disrespected like that,” Ortiz said after a 7-3 Sox win over Baltimore. “If you want to get respect from the players, you respect the players. That was horrible. Both of the pitches, not one. These people been semi-intentionally walking me all night, I don’t mind going to first base so what was the reason you’ve got to call pitches like that a strike?’’

I suspect Ortiz’ overreaction to two bum calls will result is a small measure of disrespect from fans. It certainly had that affect on me.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz

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  • Paul Prims

    I was at the game and it was quite a scene

  • Rick M

    Ortiz was being his typical bonehead self but let’s not leave out the bush league incompetent Timmons. This character was totally inconsistent all night and that is a huge disservice to the players both with the bat and on the mound. The call on Ortiz was an obvious ball four and Papi – a notorious bat flipper – put on his show (has he ever agreed with a strike call?) and Timmons did his “I’m in charge routine.

    The worse call of the evening was on Drew’s 4th AB when there was a called third strike that even Ray Charles would have called a ball. This is why guys like Timmons, Angel Hernandez an the worse of the worse Marty Foster need to be cut from the ball and strike herd or given a refresher course by some Little League umps.

    • stephenepeterson

      Great observation Rick.

      • Rick M

        I have long felt Marty Foster belongs with awful umps. I don’t care if an ump sucks on balls and
        strikes but suck consistently. This guy moves around batter to batter
        and inning to inning. His inability to call a consistent ball/strike
        changes a game and can actually destroy a career.

        A few months ago Coello was in for LA
        and he got hammered and part of it was he had to change his approach
        when Foster screwed around with some calls early in the 7th and Coello
        ended up laying balls in. Coello is a fringe player and that can be
        costly to him but Foster (fat and out of shape) will be an ump until he chooses to
        retire. Bobby Coello is now back at Salt Lake. Foster is still in the bigs.

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