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Tampa Bay Rays, teammates mock David Ortiz for smashing dugout phone

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David Ortiz had an epic meltdown on Saturday after a questionable called strike and destroyed the dugout phone with his bat. It was easily the most dramatic outburst of the year, which is why people around baseball were having fun at Big Papi’s expense at Sunday.

For starters, NESN sideline reporter Jenny Dell tweeted the photos you see above of Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster and outfielder Jonny Gomes rigging up a cup phone system in an attempt to repair the damage that Ortiz caused.

Word also spread quickly around the AL East. The Red Sox are visiting Tampa Bay on Sept. 10, and the Rays are apparently already preparing accordingly.

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David Ortiz goes nuts, smashes dugout phone after bad strike call (Video)

David-Ortiz-smashes-phoneBoston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went ballistic on Saturday night following a frustrating at-bat in the seventh inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Big Papi was ahead in the count 3-0 with his team leading 7-2 when home plate umpire Tim Timmons called a very high strike. Ortiz tossed his bat as though he had been walked, but was left looking pretty dumb when he received the bad news.

After another questionable called strike and a swinging third strike on a pitch down and in, Papi lost his mind. It took a few minutes for the frustration to kick in, but once he got back to the dugout he took his bat and destroyed the dugout phone before walking out onto the field and screaming expletives at Timmons. Manager John Farrell had to hold Ortiz back.

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David Ortiz interrupts conference to give Dustin Pedroia second base (Video)

David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are the team leaders of the Boston Red Sox and, with Pedroia holding a news conference to announce his contract extension with the team, you knew Ortiz had to get involved somehow.
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The Red Sox DH walked out behind where Pedroia, GM Ben Cherington, and manager John Farrell were seated by the first base line for the press conference on Wednesday, picked up second base, and delivered it to Pedroia as some sort of gift. After giving his teammate a hug and the base, Ortiz leaned in to the microphone and reminded the media that Pedroia, a notoriously hard worker, shows up to the ballpark at noon for night games.

Ortiz is no stranger to interrupting press conferences. You may remember that he did it to Terry Francona two years ago. I’m actually surprised that Ortiz was nice to Pedroia this time considering it would have been a perfect time to get Pedey back for the huge prank in 2011.

As for Pedroia’s contract, it’s an eight-year, $110 million extension that runs from 2014-2021. Pedroia, 29, is now under contract through his age 38 season. Pedroia may have signed for a little below market value, and the Sox might not have much to gain by locking him up for the later years of his career, but my guess is they wanted to get him signed before Robinson Cano signs his free agent deal, which will probably be for a lot more money.

David Ortiz on Home Run Derby: ‘I’m done with that’

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyBoston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been a fan favorite in the Home Run Derby for several years. Ortiz won the event with 32 total home runs in 2010 and has always provided the fans with some monstrous big flies and comic relief. Unfortunately, it appears we have seen the last of Big Papi in the competition.

On Wednesday, Ortiz said he would decline the invitation if American League team captain Robinson Cano asked him to participate.

“If he asks me to do it? I wouldn’t do it. I’m done with that,” Ortiz told WEEI.com. “I can’t do it no more. I can’t even do it in batting practice. Watch me in batting practice, I might lose a couple of balls but that’s it. I can’t do it. It wears me out. Wears me out. And you know the Home Run Derby (can’t) be taken lightly. You have to be young with a lot of energy.”

Young, he is not. At age 37, Ortiz has reached a point in his career where his health needs to be a top priority. He is off to a tremendous start to the 2013 season, and Boston is hoping that will continue after the All-Star break. Despite missing the first 15 games of the season, Ortiz’s power numbers still rank near the top of the AL with 13 homers, 48 RBI and a .608 slugging percentage.

The last thing Papi needs is to aggravate his heel or any other injury that has nagged him over the past couple of seasons. Without Ortiz in the middle of their lineup, the Red Sox offense would struggle tremendously. Taking a pass on the Home Run Derby is probably a wise decision. Sorry, Bobby V. — no Jose Ortiz this year.

David Ortiz wore ‘Famous as F**k’ shirt, hit walk-off homer (Video)

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David Ortiz hit a walk-off home run for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night for the first time in four years. His three-run bomb in the ninth inning off Michael Kirkman gave Boston a 6-3 win and a series victory over the Texas Rangers. The shirt Big Papi had on under his jersey stole the show.

As you can see from the photo above, Ortiz had the words “Famous as F**k” across the back of his undershirt. If this wasn’t the same guy who dropped an epic F-bomb during an inspirational speech after the Boston Marathon bombing, we might be surprised. Here’s a video of the blast and celebration:

Ortiz’s homer came on the first pitch he saw from Kirkman. He was probably very angry that Ron Washington decided to walk Dustin Pedroia to get to him. I doubt the Rangers manager will do that again, whether he’s looking for a lefty-lefty matchup or not.

David Ortiz ‘hurt’ by steroid accusations following his hot start

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyDavid Ortiz is off to the best start of his career with the Boston Red Sox. A notoriously slow starter in April, Big Papi is hitting .381 with 17 RBI and four home runs through only 16 games. He missed the first 15 games of the season because of an Achilles’ injury that stemmed back to last July, but the 37-year-old returned without missing a beat.

Since Ortiz’s hot start in 2013 is unusual for a player his age who normally comes crawling out of the gate, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe decided he would be the first one to bring up the steroid talk — despite the fact that Ortiz has only appeared in 16 games.

Hitting is not this easy. Athletes do not get better as they mature into their late 30s. Baseball has been peppered with performance-enhancing drugs for the last 20 years. The cheaters are always ahead of the testers. A number of players from the Dominican Republic have tested positive for steroids. Injuries to the Achilles’ tendon are consistent with steroid use. It is not natural for a guy to hit .426 out of the gate without the benefit of any spring training.

Of course, Shaughnessy pointed to the fact that Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of players who tested positive back in 2003. That being said, he has not failed a drug test in the last 10 years. If you think Ortiz is using performance-enhancing drugs, you must think either Major League Baseball is covering for him or he has found a way to cheat the system.

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David Ortiz drops F-bomb during Boston Marathon ceremony (Video)

David-Ortiz-Red-SoxLike the Bruins before them, the Red Sox spent a good deal of time before their opening pitch on Saturday paying tribute to those who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The organization held a moment of silence for those who lost their lives and gave recognition to the first responders, local heroes and law enforcement.

David Ortiz was then given the floor.

Ortiz, who happened to be making his return from the disabled list, thanked Boston’s city officials and police department. He then decided no one was going to stop him from speaking directly from the heart.

“This is our f****** city,” Ortiz said loud and clear on national television. “And nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”

If there was ever an appropriate time to drop an F-bomb on live TV in front of 38,000 people, this was it. The city of Boston — and the entire country — has had an incredibly long and difficult week. Maybe Ortiz planned it and maybe he didn’t, but there’s no better player to drop an F-bomb on behalf of a city than Big Papi.