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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
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David Ortiz rips David Price for being a little b-tch

David Ortiz absolutely blasted David Price after the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in 10 innings on Friday night, saying he has no more respect for the southpaw pitcher.

David OrtizThe issues between the two men go back to last postseason after Ortiz hit two home runs off Price in Game 2 of the ALCS. Price was agitated after taking the L in a 7-4 defeat and ripped Ortiz for admiring his homers. Price was in such a bad mood after the loss that he even took out his frustration on TBS’ analysts by going off on Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci.

Fast forward to Friday and Price was making his second start of the season against the Sox and facing Ortiz for the first time (Ortiz only pitch hit in the last game between the teams that Price started). Price hit Ortiz with a pitch, which upset the slugger. Ortiz later exploded after Price hit Mike Carp with a pitch later in the game.

Following the game, Ortiz ripped Price.

“I have a lot of respect of the guy, man, but it’€™s over. I have no more respect for him,” Ortiz said via WEEI.com. “Last year we kick his a– in the playoffs, he went off, talking s— about everybody, Tom Verducci and everybody. Players. We kind of got to talk on the phone. We kind of straightened things out. He was kind of upset. Me as a veteran I kind of let him know how things go in this game. Later on he called me and apologized because he knows he was wrong. He apologized in public. He apologized to myself. Everything was cool. So first at-bat of the season against him he threw at me. I mean, it’€™s a war. It’€™s on. Next time he hits me he better bring the gloves. I have no respect for him no more.”

If you enjoyed those quotes, then cocky Papi was just getting warmed up. Check out this gem.

“I was going to let him know. I respect everybody in this league and I get the same respect from everybody,” Ortiz continued via WEEI. “If you’€™re mad because I take you deep twice, let me let you know, I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’€™s part of the game, son.”

“I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’s part of the game, son.” Seriously. Is that not just the best quote ever? Don’t get upset. I hit everyone, Ortiz says. How can you not love that?

And then came the money shot from Ortiz.

“I was surprised for a minute until I watched the video. I thought everything was cool. You can’€™t be acting like a little girl out there,” Ortiz said. “You aren’€™t going to win every time. When you give it up, that’€™s an experience for the next time. But when you’€™re to be acting like a little b-itch every time you give it up, bounce back like that and put your teammates in jeopardy, that’€™s going to cost you.”

Dang, so Ortiz straight up called David Price a little girl and little b-tch. It is sooooo on. We’ll eagerly be awaiting Price’s response.

For the record, Price said that he did not hit Ortiz or Carp intentionally.

“I’ve got to establish my fastball in,” Price said. “I’ve got six lefties in that lineup. It’s my favorite side of the plate to go to.”

The Sox felt differently, citing Price’s impressive control; the lefty had only hit two batters and walked eight entering the game. They also said after the game that they saw the Rays players high-fiving Price in the dugout after the first inning, which made the actions seem intentional in their minds.

As far as this debate, as a former pitcher, I almost always take their side. Nobody likes a guy who admires his home runs. But, as a pitcher, you shouldn’t give them up. And don’t hit a guy if he touched you up for a dinger; just get him out next time and give him a wink.

David Ortiz wants MLB to change error to hit

David OrtizDavid Ortiz broke up Yu Darvish’s no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning of Friday’s Rangers-Red Sox game with a solid ground ball single to right, but the Sox slugger is not satisfied with receiving credit for only one hit.

See, Ortiz also hit a fly ball to right field in the seventh inning that fell between second baseman Rougned Odor and right fielder Alex Rios. The official scorer controversially scored the ball an error on Rios instead of a hit for Ortiz. Though plays like that should be considered errors on fielders, they are almost always scored as hits. Ortiz knows that, and he wants MLB to do something about it.

“I mean, OK, I know I hit a ball that was supposed to be caught, the guy is throwing a no-hitter, we all understand that,” Ortiz said via Mass Live. “But when it comes down to the rules in the game, that’s a hit. That’s the rule that we all know and that’s the rule the game has had for more than 100 years. The ball in the outfield drops between the infield and the outfield and nobody touched it, that’s a hit.”

The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham says Ortiz is seeking action from MLB.

Ortiz is right that that type of play is usually called a hit. He says that if that play were the difference between a no-hitter and 1-hitter, he would have let it go. But since he broke up the no-hitter with a clean single, he thinks he should get the other play overturned, too.

This is no surprise. After all, we’ve seen in the past how passionate Ortiz is about his statistics.

At the least, MLB should use the play as a catalyst for change; that type of ball should always be ruled an error on the fielders. They need to emphasize that non-contact plays can and should be ruled errors.

No more White House selfies thanks to David Ortiz

When the Boston Red Sox visited the White House last week to be recognized for winning the World Series, David Ortiz took a selfie with president Barack Obama. At first, the gesture was seen as a harmless case of Big Papi being Big Papi. When it was later discovered that the selfie was part of a Samsung promotion, White House officials were not pleased.

According to the Washington Post, White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Obama was unaware of the photo’s connection to Samsung and that Ortiz’s stunt will perhaps “be the end to all selfies.”

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Unfortunately, Pfeiffer meant the end of all selfies in the White House. He can’t put an end to selfies worldwide, which would have been fantastic for all of us.

“We’ve had conversations with Samsung about this and expressed our concerns,” Pfeiffer said. “We’ve left that conversation between the lawyers.”

Ortiz has not openly admitted that he was working with Samsung.

Photo: Twitter/David Ortiz