Dead Ringer: David Ortiz Destroys Dugout Phone With Bat
With 19 homers, 65 RBI and a shiny .321 batting average, David Ortiz is having his best season since 2005 — but he gets no respect from home plate umpire Tim Timmons here. The ump choked on ball four to Ortiz on a 3-0 count in the seventh, calling it a strike, and Big Papi then proceeded to strike out. He was then ejected for yelling something at Timmons from the dugout — but not before pulverizing the dugout phone with a bat.
Best part: the phone still works.
The Red Sox beat the Orioles, 7-3.
Ortiz explains himself, to WEEI:
“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. 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?’’ Ortiz said. “It was a ball that if the catcher let it go, it would have hit [Timmons] in the face. The funny thing is he wanted to act like it was the right call. No, I don’t play that. I don’t pitch, I don’t play defense, I hit. You’re not going to take my at-bat away from me. Period.
“When I was walking away I was telling him he was acting like he wanted to be right about the call. No you weren’t, you weren’t right, the whole planet saw you weren’t right. So don’t be giving me that (expletive),” Ortiz added. “If you miss it, just tell me ‘I missed it’ and I’ll walk away, I have no problem with that. You’re not perfect, you’re human but don’t try to act like it was the right call. It was ball four.”
“That was horrible. It was horrible,” said Ortiz. “People always focus on when we snap. We’re not snapping everyday out there, there’s a reason why we snap. You always look like the bad guy – I’m not a bad guy; I’m trying to do my job. You don’t take my at-bat away from me like that.’’
“You don’t toss anybody while you’re doing whatever you want to do in the dugout, unless I’m screaming at you,” said Ortiz. “I wasn’t screaming at him, I was just upset and I started swinging at everything in the dugout, probably that’s the only thing I can hit every time.”
“I didn’t hit anybody. I know what I was swinging at,” he said, before grinning, “I’ve got good eyes, bro.”
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