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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

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

Report: David Ortiz signs one-year extension with Red Sox

David-Ortiz-Against-One-Game-PlayoffDavid Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract extension on Sunday, according to various reports on Twitter. The deal is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

Ortiz, who was in the final year of a two-year, $30 million extension he signed two years ago, added an addition year and $16 million to his contract. Big Papi turned 38 this past offseason.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Ortiz’s new deal may also include a club option for 2016 that would become a player option if certain incentives are met.

Ortiz had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013. He hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI. He also took home World Series MVP honors after carrying the Red Sox with a .688 average against the St. Louis Cardinals. Back in January, Ortiz said that it would be “time to move on” if the team did not give him an extension. He then lashed out at those who were criticizing him for wanting a long-term deal a few weeks later.

The deal makes sense for both sides. Ortiz wants to retire in a Red Sox uniform, and his numbers last season were certainly good enough to warrant another year on his contract. At some point, Papi will begin to decline. There’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to contribute for another two years.

David Ortiz to people criticizing him for contract talk: ‘F— them’

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyDavid Ortiz is once again entering the final season of his contract with the Boston Red Sox, and per usual the 38-year-old slugger is not pleased about it. Last month, Big Papi said it will be “time to move on” if the Sox don’t offer him a multiyear extension at some point in the near future. He addressed his contract situation again at training camp on Wednesday.

“I just want people to stop talking to me about that,” Ortiz told John Tomase of the Boston Herald. “When you put up numbers like I’m putting up, who’s thinking about retiring, know what I’m saying? People keep on asking me, how long do you want to play? When are you going to retire? Dude, look at my numbers. I ain’t planning on retiring right now. When I slow down, then I’ll retire.”

White Ortiz was being his usually cocky self, you can’t argue with that. He had one of his better statistical seasons at age 37 last year, hitting .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI. He was also named World Series MVP after carrying Boston to a championship with a .688 average against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ortiz has made it known that he would like the Red Sox to give him at least a one-year extension at $15 million, which he will make in 2014. He wants to be signed through 2015 at the same average annual value, which Papi thinks is more than reasonable.

“I don’t even know why they’re bitching about me talking about contracts,” he said. “Guys putting up my numbers, they’re making $25 (million), $30 million. I’m not asking for that. I’m asking for half of it. And they’re still bitching about it? (Expletive) them. I’m tired of hearing them talk (expletive) about me when I talk about my contract. Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it, (expletive). So don’t be giving me that (expletive).”

For the record, Ortiz was lashing out at his critics and not the Red Sox. Still, he said it was humiliating when he had to sign a one-year deal to stay in a Sox uniform in 2012.

At some point, the Red Sox may simply have to pay Big Papi for what he has done — not what he will do in the future. He showed no signs of slowing down last season, but how long can that continue? Ortiz knows it won’t just as we know it won’t, which is why he wants to secure as much money as possible while he has the numbers to back it up.