Koji Uehara and David Ortiz dry humping in celebration (GIF)

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The Boston Red Sox are one of the wilder teams in baseball. After they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 4 of the ALDS to clinch a berth into the ALCS, you knew they would be partying hard. But nobody was prepared for the scene we saw inside the clubhouse.

Reliever Koji Uehara wandered over to David Ortiz, jumped on the DH, and the two proceeded to dry hump like a couple of adult stars filming “Koji Does Tampa”:

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David Price rips David Ortiz for admiring home run

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseDavid Price did not take his ALDS Game 2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in stride on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Rays ace allowed seven runs over seven innings and was taken deep twice by David Ortiz. Big Papi’s second home run was a towering shot in the eighth inning that wrapped around the right field foul ball. Ortiz took a few seconds to either admire his shot or determine whether it was fair or foul. Whatever he was doing, Price did not appreciate it.

“He knows how I’ve pitched him the last year and a half, probably two years,” Price told reporters after the game, via Evan Drellich of MassLive.com. “He steps in the bucket and he hits a homer, and he stares at it to see if it’s fair or foul — I’m sure that’s what he’d say. But as soon as he hit it and I saw it, I knew it was fair. Run.”

Ortiz has been known to stare down his homers even when they aren’t close to the foul pole, so you can understand why Price may have been frustrated. However, the comment about Papi was one of many that made Price sound like a sore loser. He also ripped the TBS’ analysts for being “nerds” and sent these tweets:

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David Ortiz disagreed with Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez Ryan DempsterBoston Red Sox fan favorite David Ortiz came to the defense of Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday in the wake of the New York Yankees slugger being drilled by Ryan Dempster. Like many others, Big Papi felt that it was wrong of Dempster to intentionally target A-Rod because of his 211-game suspension and alleged PED use.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” Ortiz told USA TODAY Sports. “But we don’t all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It’s not that I didn’t think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone’s on their own.”

Ortiz said the biggest problem he had with Dempster’s stunt is that it put a man on base and energized an opponent in a game that the Red Sox would have loved to win.

[VideoRyan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez intentionally]

“We’ve got Tampa right on our heels, and that pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees’ team at that moment,” he continued. “You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.”

That is certainly a valid point. The Red Sox are currently a game ahead of the Rays in the AL East standings, and they dropped a game on Sunday night after losing to New York thanks in part to an angry A-Rod homer. But Big Papi probably should have stopped there.

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David Ortiz holds fan’s baby during National Anthem (Video)

David-Ortiz-fans-babyDavid Ortiz created a memorable moment for a Boston Red Sox who was at Kauffman Stadium to watch his team take on the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Prior to the start of the game, a gentleman asked Ortiz if he would mind taking a picture while holding his infant son. Big Papi went above and beyond to fulfill the request.

Ortiz stood holding the baby during the National Anthem with a big smile on his face. He then posed for a picture with the child before returning him to his father.

Last time we talked about Big Papi it was to show you the epic hissy fit he threw when he smashed a dugout phone, so this was a different look for him. I’m sure the child’s father was glad he got the chance to interact with the kind-hearted Papi.

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


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.