David Ortiz’s Blow-Up Over Scoring Change Was Result of Dustin Pedroia Prank

When David Ortiz barged into the interview room and interrupted Terry Francona’s press conference last week, it left us all slightly confused.  There was no denying the spaz attack was real.  Ortiz, Francona, and the young lady who was trying to stop Big Papi are not good enough actors to pull off a prank like that.  Now that the real story has surfaced, we realize Ortiz was not playing a prank but had, in fact, been pranked.

According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Dustin Pedroia played a prank on Ortiz after Boston’s win over the Indians that worked to perfection.  Ortiz was probably heated about the official scorer taking an RBI away from him to begin with, but the reason he thought the change was made is what really set him through the roof.

Haggerty informed us that Pedroia told Ortiz Red Sox owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino had ordered the official scorer to take Ortiz’s RBI away.  By doing this, the ownership group could in theory keep Ortiz’s stats lower in a contract year.  If I thought my boss had done that, I would be pissed too.

Don’t get me wrong, the way Ortiz went about it is still extremely selfish.  Players aren’t supposed to show the public that they are stat-hungry or money-hungry, let alone interrupt an official press conference to settle a personal issue.  However, the Laser Show’s prank makes it a tiny bit more reasonable. Now the question is, how does this compare to other baseball pranks we’ve featured here at LBS.

David Ortiz Was So Pissed About Scoring Change He Interrupted Francona’s Presser

Red Sox DH David Ortiz was robbed of an RBI because of a scoring change Wednesday night and he was so pissed he interrupted manager Terry Francona’s postgame press conference.

Ortiz singled in the first inning of Boston’s 4-3 win over Cleveland to score two runners. He initially was awarded a two-run single, but the official scorer later made a change. Instead of giving Ortiz two RBIs on the hit he ruled it a one-run single with the second runner scoring on an error by Austin Kearns who bobbled the ball. Upon learning he was robbed of an RBI, Ortiz went Yadier Molina. He busted into manager Terry Francona’s press conference, spewing profanities. Check out the video via CSN New England:

Barstool Sports, which directed our attention to the video, wondered if Ortiz was acting. There is no doubt about it — that was all real. After watching the play it’s no wonder he was ticked off; he really got robbed on the call.

What we’ve also learned is that players care about their stats more than most people realize. Of course if you read LBS, you already knew that. Remember JaVale McGee and Orlando Cabrera doing the same thing?

David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg Fight Video

David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg got into the baseball fight of the season Friday night. The tension began early in the 8th inning at-bat when Ortiz stared out at Gregg after the first pitch was thrown inside. The next pitch was also inside. Ortiz pointed at Gregg and took a few steps towards him, causing both dugouts to clear. After things were settled, Gregg got Ortiz to fly out, sparking this brawl:

Given all the swinging and missing, I’m surprised this didn’t happen at a Padres-Nationals game. Seriously though, that’s easily our best baseball fight of the year (not counting this awesome minor league brawl). Few fights will top the high school football brawl we posted this week, but that is close, in terms of baseball fights.

Kevin Gregg and David Ortiz were both ejected as you could imagine. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jim Johnson also got tossed. Suspensions should be expected as well.

Video via Jose3030

UPDATE: The Orioles players seemed to be most upset by Ortiz swinging 3-0 in a 10-3 game.

Adrian Gonzalez to Play Right Field, Dustin Pedroia Shares His Thoughts

On Monday, we told you about some of the complaints managers have had about interleague play, particularly Terry Francona.  David Ortiz has been one of the Red Sox’s best hitters this season, but he is as pure of a designated hitter as they come.  Without Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez both in the lineup, Francona has no choice but to give up a good amount of offense.  In the event that the Red Sox reach the World Series, Boston will have to find a way to get both players in the lineup on the road.  Experiment A will take place on Wednesday night.

According to Peter Abraham on Twitter, Ortiz will play first base Wednesday night in Philadelphia and Gonzalez will try his luck in right field.  If the Phillies are smart they will try to hit the ball to the right side all night.  With Boston’s defensive setup looking less than stellar, Dustin Pedroia is dreading the added responsibility he will have in the field

“It will be good for us offensively,” Pedroia joked. “But damn, I’m going to have to play second, first, and right.”

Sox fans had better hope the jockey got his rest last night, because he’ll probably have to cover some ground.  Ortiz isn’t terrible at first, but it’s going to be up to Pedroia to get to any blooper that’s hit between right field and behind first base.  Should be interesting.

David Ortiz Does Not Flip Bat After Home Run Following Joe Girardi Complaints

David Ortiz has been extremely hot for the Red Sox lately, having hit in eight straight games. He has four home runs and 10 RBIs in that span, and he’s gone deep in both of Boston’s wins over the Yankees this week. Ortiz flipped his bat following a home run in the 5th inning Tuesday, almost as if he was saying “suck it,” and that angered the pinstriped crew.

Ortiz took a brushback pitch later in the game, and there were rumblings he would get hit by a pitch Wednesday to straighten things out. That never happened, but Ortiz learned his lesson after Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t really care for the bat flip. Even though the offense was minor, it still was classless and Girardi’s reaction was in line. Ortiz said the only reason Girardi didn’t like it is because it happened against his team. He’s right, but that doesn’t make the flip OK. Ortiz apparently learned his lesson.

On Wednesday, David took Yankees starter A.J. Burnett deep in the first inning but he circled the bases without incident. After the game he explained why he fell in line and decided not to flip the bat. Ortiz went off on a rant “I don’t want to be on national news tomorrow. I don’t want to have you guys asking me the same questions. I got almost 370 bombs in the big leagues and everybody wants to make a big deal because I bat flip one of them. [Expletive] that [expletive], man. If I have to make that video on my [expletive], let’s see how many bat flips I got on this [expletive]. Good night.”

That to me is an admission from Ortiz that his reaction was wrong. Nobody wants to be shown up, and Ortiz doesn’t want to pay the price in the form of being dosed by a pitch. He learned his lesson, and hopefully other players will take note. Are you listening, Bryce Harper?

David Ortiz Thinks the Yankees Are Mishandling Jorge Posada

While it would appear the Jorge Posada situation has quickly cooled down, there is still plenty of talk going on about the state of the Yankees with their 39-year-old DH remaining a popular topic.  After he reportedly threw a fit on Saturday when Joe Girardi penciled him in as the ninth hitter in the New York lineup, Posada apologized to his coaches and teammates and was given a standing ovation when he came to the plate as a pinch hitter Sunday night.

Interestingly enough, Posada received some supportive words from a member of his biggest rival on Sunday afternoon.  As pointed out by The Boston Herald, David Ortiz said he believes the Yankees are treating Posada unfairly and should show him more respect.

“You want me to tell you what I think? They’re doing that guy wrong,” Ortiz said. “They’re doing him wrong. Because that guy, he’s legendary right there in the organization.”

Ortiz also said that he thinks Jorge would be better off if the Yankees allowed him to catch a few games rather than focusing solely on hitting, adding that “DHing sucks” and can mess with your head when you find yourself in a hitting slump.

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David Ortiz is a Triples Machine

Those of us who went to Fenway Park Monday night were treated to an absolute stinker. On the heels of a dominant Josh Beckett performance on Sunday night against the Yankees, Daisuke Matsuzaka was shelled from the game’s opening pitch and the Red Sox were demolished by the Rays, 16-5. However, that didn’t stop David Ortiz from doing what he does: legging out triples.

The Red Sox speedster has now hit at least one triple each season since 2000.  He is the only American Leaguer to hit a triple in 12 straight seasons.  The last few years have been trying times for Ortiz.  Big Papi was accused of using performance enhancing drugs and suffered through one of the worst slumps imaginable.  He also managed to set the record for slowest home run trot in history during that time span.  None of that was enough to keep Papi’s motor from running full speed.

All joking aside, that stat is the truth.  Granted, Ortiz’s triples streak is likely a result of fairly consistent health over the past 12 seasons and the odd shape of right and center field at Fenway, but the stat is still pretty shocking and definitely worthy of a good chuckle.  If Ortiz can keep running the way he always has, the Sox just may hit the .500 mark by the All-Star break.