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David Ortiz tells MLB Network to shove it after PED comments

David OrtizDavid Ortiz was not happy that his name came up in connection with the John Lackey-Nelson Cruz PED comments, and he let the media know about it.

Lackey was roped by Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday and voice his displeasure over being hit hard by a guy who was suspended last year for PED-ties. In response, many people have pointed out that Lackey has little room to talk considering one of Boston’s top sluggers — Ortiz — has PED ties as well.

Many forget about it, but Ortiz came up on a list of players who allegedly tested positive for PEDs during anonymous testing in 2003. Ortiz said that the positive test came up as a result of tainted supplements.

With that in mind, a host on MLB Network decided to throw in Ortiz’s name when discussing the Lackey-Cruz beef on Monday. Ortiz happened to see that and vented to WEEI on Monday.

“What pisses me off is the whole thing about, why does my name got to be mentioned in that? What did I have to do with that? I saw on MLB the guys talking about it, and then they brought my name up, and one of the guys said that I got a free pass on that,” Ortiz said according to WEEI.com.

“(The MLB Network host) wants to make it sound like I got a free pass because nobody can point fingers at me directly. But the reason why I got that fake (expletive) free pass that he’s saying is because they pointed fingers at me with no proof. It’s easier to do it that way than having something that they can say, ‘Yes, you did this, you did that.’ My (expletive), I call straight up bull. Let me tell you. You don’t get no free pass here, especially a guy like me. I don’t get no free pass. That free pass B.S. that they want to talk about over there, they can shove it up their (expletive).”

Those were some of the comments from Ortiz — you can read the rest of the rant at WEEI — but you get the point.

Ortiz has never gotten a free pass from me. I was very critical of him when the report of his positive test first came up, and I have remained somewhat suspicious since. He says he has passed multiple drug tests since then, including several already this season. And he certainly didn’t get a free pass from Colin Cowherd last year.

The reason it seems like Ortiz has gotten a free pass is because he wasn’t suspended like Cruz. But there are still plenty of people who have suspicion about him, so I would definitely disagree with MLB Network on that.

David Ortiz strolls to first on walk before pitch reaches catcher (Video)

David Ortiz received an unintentional intentional walk from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, and he sort of made a joke of the whole thing.

Ortiz was 0-for-2 with a walk when the Cubs decided to pitch him carefully with a man on and two outs in the bottom of the 7th and the score tied 1-1. Relief pitcher Wesley Wright threw three straight balls well off the outside corner, so on the fourth pitch, Ortiz began walking up the line before the pitch was even delivered and reached the catcher.

David Ortiz walk

What Ortiz did may be viewed by some as disrespectful, but it might actually pay off at some point. This could tick off teams to the point where they wouldn’t want to give Ortiz the free base, or they’ll feel like they can sneak a fastball by him next time. In that sense, Ortiz could be baiting them into pitching to him.

Whatever the case, the Cubs’ strategy worked, because Mike Napoli grounded out to end the inning.

David Ortiz gets his hit, apologizes for outburst

David OrtizDavid Ortiz has once again gotten his way. The Boston Red Sox slugger put up a major stink over an error against the Minnesota Twins last week that he thought was a hit, and the official scorer has since changed his call.

Official scorer Bob Ellis reviewed the play and awarded Ortiz a hit on Monday. Big Papi was animated in showing his displeasure over the original decision during last week’s game, flashing Ellis a thumbs down while walking back to the dugout. Ortiz remained furious with the ruling after the game, despite the fact that his and Mike Napoli’s back-to-back home runs had just secured a dramatic Red Sox victory.

“People are supposed to have your back at home, and it never happens,” he said at the time. “It’s always like that. I’ve been here more than a decade and the scorekeepers here are always horrible. This is home, man.”

MLB executive vice president Joe Torre later issued a statement condemning Ortiz’s antics. Papi, who had another error changed to a hit after making a fuss earlier this season, apologized to Major League Baseball, Torre and the scorekeepers on Monday.

“All I have to say is I know I owe an apology to MLB, Mr. Joe Torre, even the scorekeeping guys,” he said. “I know that I had frustration come out that way, and that’s not what you really want. You don’t want things to be like that and everything.

“But this has been a season already that has been jam-packed with frustration. At the end of the day, our job is based on results. I sit down and watch that TV every night after the game and I go 0-for-4, and all people talk and bitch about is why I’m not hitting .300. … There’s a lot of people mad at me because I argued something that I didn’t think I should get. I don’t blame them. I’m not apologizing just because I got that result. It’s because the message was spread out based on frustration. That’s why I’m apologizing.”

That was kind of an “I’m sorry that I’m not sorry” apology, but what do you expect? Big Papi isn’t going to change.

David Ortiz angry again over error he thought was a hit

David OrtizDavid Ortiz once again feels like he has been cheated out of a hit, and he is furious about it.

The Boston Red Sox slugger ripped a ground ball down the first base line in the seventh inning on Wednesday night that was misplayed by Joe Mauer, and the official scorer ruled it an error. Ortiz thought he hit the ball so hard he should have been awarded a hit.

“It was so hard-hit, man,” Ortiz told reporters after the game, per Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe. “I mean, what else is Mauer to do? He dove for the ball. He knocked it down.”

As Ortiz was walking off the field at the end of the inning, he looked up at the Fenway Park scorer’s box and put his thumb down. Apparently Big Papi feels this is not the first time he has been cheated out of a hit at home.

“What is he watching?” Ortiz asked. “He’s not watching the same ballgame that everybody’s watching, I guess.”

“People are supposed to have your back at home, and it never happens. It’s always like that. I’ve been here more than a decade and the scorekeepers here are always horrible. This is home, man.”

Wednesday should have been a happy night for Ortiz, as he and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a walk-off win over the Minnesota Twins. Still, he was furious enough after the game that he felt the need to blast the official scorer.

“I always look like I am the bad guy, but they always end up changing it,” Ortiz said. “So, don’t be just checking on Papi, check on the scorekeeper to see what he’s doing wrong. It’s something that’s getting out of control.”

This is nothing new for Ortiz. Last month, Papi was livid after a ball that fell between two Texas Rangers players was ruled an error. He also once barged into Terry Francona’s press conference to complain about a scoring change that ended up being a well-executed prank. Don’t ever let this man tell you he doesn’t care about stats.

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David Ortiz: Who is David Price? We whooped his ass

David OrtizDavid Ortiz is still steaming about the dust-up between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays last week that resulted in a six-game suspension for Sox pitcher Brandon Workman. Ortiz is furious that Price was not suspended after he almost certainly hit Big Papi on purpose, and we don’t blame him.

After the incident, Price said Ortiz has a tendency to “look like he’s bigger than the game of baseball.” The comment offended Ortiz, and he had no problem discussing it further on Wednesday.

“That ain’t me. I never overlook the game, you know?” Ortiz said, per WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. “There’€™s never going to be a player bigger than the game. It doesn’t matter if you act like it, if you think you are or if people think that you are. It’€™s not true. Bigger than the game, nobody’€™s ever going to be. Know why? Because you come in, you play, you leave and the game continues.”

Big Papi then went off on Price once again.

“He just doesn’t understand that he’s not going to win all the time,” Ortiz said. “He’s carried that since last year when we whooped his ass. … It’€™s too bad that MLB sees the way he talked the day that he hit me and the way that he talked the next day and they still haven’€™t followed up with the rules.

“He basically said that he hit me on purpose, but I’€™m over that. I don’€™t really care about what he said. Who gives a [expletive]? Who is David Price? I don’€™t really care. I’€™m going to continue with what I do. Like it or not, it is what it is.”

Ortiz is one of the most well-liked players in baseball, hence his nickname Big Papi. He’s always smiling and joking with opponents when he reaches base, so it’s not as if he loves controversy. Should he let the feud with Price go? That’s probably in Boston’s best interest, but you can see why he’s upset the league didn’t punish Price. Either both pitchers should have been suspended or neither one.

David Ortiz on Brandon Workman suspension: ‘I don’t think what they’re doing is fair’

Four days after the Red Sox and Rays had a dust-up over some players being hit, David Ortiz is still unhappy.

Based on the penalties handed down by MLB, he has a right to be.

David OrtizMLB announced Tuesday that they were fining Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman and suspending him six games for throwing behind Evan Longoria during the sixth inning of last Friday’s Sox-Rays game. Workman throwing behind Longo came after Rays starter David Price hit Ortiz in the first and Mike Carp in the fourth, the latter of which sparked the benches to clear.

Ortiz doesn’t understand how Price avoided punishment.

“We’re the ones getting fines and suspensions,” Ortiz said via ESPN Boston. “I guess the rules aren’t for everyone.

“I don’t think what they’re doing is fair. I think the rules should be for everybody. We didn’t start this up. I didn’t hit nobody. Workman didn’t hit anybody in the first inning. [Price] did.”

We’re absolutely with Ortiz on this. It was pretty obvious to us that Price hit Ortiz intentionally in the first, but the umpires must not have seen it that way. Ortiz was fuming so much after the game that he said Price was acting like a “little girl” and “little b-tch.” The one-sided punishments are doing nothing to cool the issue in his mind. Maybe MLB will lessen the suspension after hearing Boston’s appeal.

Kevin Love hangs with Rajon Rondo; David Ortiz tries to recruit him to Boston

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If nothing else, Kevin Love is seriously toying with the emotions of Boston Celtics fans. After galavanting around town and hitting up some popular spots in Beantown on Friday night, Love went to the Red Sox game on Sunday. Guess who else was at Fenway Park? Rajon Rondo.

Love and Rondo were spotted greeting each other inside the ballpark. As if that wasn’t enough to make Celtics fans giddy, David Ortiz later got in on the fun by tweeting at Love.

Plenty of teams are going to be interested in Love. Boston is one of them, but that hardly means Love is going to be playing for Brad Stevens next year. Neither does his trip to Fenway and the surrounding area.

Photo via @BigDub74
H/T Boston Globe