Taking all the way in a really odd fashion with the count 3-0 (he stepped out of the box) -- David Ortiz took a called strike from Tim Timmons that would have hit the catcher in the face if he didn't have a glove. 3-1, 3-2, strike out. The Sox DH was not happy. So much so that he destroyed a phone in the dugout with little regard for Dustin Pedroia.
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After the game, Ortiz explained his meltdown:
“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.”
“Guys get frustrated, it’s part of the game. Just wanted to make sure that David didn’t get too bad to where he gets suspended or any of that,” said Pedroia. “He’s the biggest part of our lineup. We can’t lose David for one game. I was trying to get to him, I’m sure it looked pretty funny, smallest guy out there yelling at the biggest guy. It’s part of the game, I go down there and snap sometimes. But it happens.”
Ortiz, perhaps naively, doesn't expect a suspension. “I want to hear what the argument’s going to be [in favor of a suspension]. I want to hear that because I have a good one,” said Ortiz. “When situations like that happens, I think MLB should do something because that was horrible. We’re not playing this game for fun, we’re playing to win and if you walk, I walk, I’ve got no problem with that. But you’re not going to take my at-bat away from me. I hit that’s what I do. And I work really hard to be who I am at the plate. That might be the worse call of the year right there. That was bad. Definitely.’’
For the Win with the evidence.
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