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David Ortiz is 0 for 7 and he doesn't want to hear bleep about it

Apr 7, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

David Ortiz after last night’s game:

“(Bleep) happens. Then you guys talk (bleep). Two (bleeping) games already. (Bleepers)
are going crazy. What’s up with that, man? (Bleep). There’s (bleeping)
160 games left. Y’all (bleepers) go ahead and hit for me.”

I’m with Papi on this one. Two games is way, way too early to start in with this business. But start in the Boston media has, with story after story after story about Ortiz’s slow start, written with an apparent ignorance of the fact that, yeah, on occasion, guys go 0 for 7.

I mean sure, everyone will be and probably should be paying close attention to Ortiz’s start given what happened last year, but why not wait, oh, a week before the hand-wringing?

  1. RobRob - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    He hasn’t hit a home run either.

  2. Jonny5 - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    He is right, but he’s a pro ball player. All you get is scrutiny, and with a past of ped use to boot. I think Papi is finished and so does most of America. And judging by his anger there, I think he’s coming to realize this as well. If it weren’t for the stupid DH we wouldn’t know “Big Papi” anyway. Non glove wearing Baseball players, what’s with that anyway?

  3. Moses Green - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    This actually makes me worry about Papi. Even as I agree with his general sentiment, and the Boston Press Horde’s level of negativity is always turned up to “11”, his level of frustration is awfully high for two games as well. Best to leave the bleeping to Ozzie Guillen or Bobby Cox – you know – professional bleepers.
    In other shorter words, I’d feel better about Papi’s mindstate if he just smiled and nodded and said “You guys … you so crazy … Papi’s gonna hit.”
    I also found it interesting that Tito DH’d him instead of Lowell against CC. I mean, did anyone really expect him to hit CC? Tito did that to make a statement to Papi about his confidence level and who his starter is.

  4. Charles Gates - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Do you think Papi is the main reason the Red Sox are trending towards only an 81 win season this year?

  5. Mark S - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Are we ever surprised when Shaughnessy, Callahan et al show little patience before writing/spewing matter of fact materials based on the minimal evidence? While I love Boston sports and miss living in NE I do feel fortunate that I get to follow my teams from afar because it is easier to follow them without the ‘sky is falling’ media constantly telling me how bad things are.
    Of course, I replaced it with ‘all things Ohio State football’ and Buckeyemania which is slightly less annoying. More like a having pebbles in your shoes as opposed to wearing ill-fitting shoes that first cause a nasty blister that eventually pops as the skin is rubbed raw.

  6. fiveiron - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Give that all-around ballplayer a glove and send him to the National League. He’d be released by June 1.

  7. fiveiron - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Give that all-around ballplayer a glove and send him to the National League. He’d be released by June 1.

  8. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Nick Johnson’s batting line:
    It’s 2 games, give the man some time.

  9. Evan - Hartford - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    If he doesn’t like the scrutiny (warrented or not) he should get the BLEEP out of Boston. This kind of outlash has to have Boston fans worried.
    It looks like PEDs were the difference between him playing at a HOF calibur and him not being able to make a major league roster. Very interesting, especially for you sterioid apologists.

  10. Big Harold - Apr 7, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Actually, I think it’s a 50-50 bet that Francona sits him today against Pettitte. It’s not so much he isn’t hitting is he looks bad trying. Pettitte being a lefty is going to make him look worse.
    By the ay what is the over and under on Ortiz being DFA’d? July 1st or 15th?

  11. john pileggi - Apr 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    The Mets, I am sure, are delighted to hear you say that early season difficulties should be put into perspective. Or, did someone kidnap Craig and take over the blog?

  12. Ari Collins - Apr 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Guys. Ortiz hit like 20 homers in the second half last year. Yeah, ’09 was VERY worrisome, and possibly the beginning of the end, but going 0 for 7 is no extra evidence.
    He ain’t getting DFA’d unless the Sox have a better DH. If he can’t perform this year he’ll get moved down the order and sit against every lefty.

  13. Moses Green - Apr 7, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    I’m taking “never” in the pool for the Red Sox designating Papi for assignment. Sitting him for Lowell against Pettitte wouldn’t be wise, nor is it neccessary. Papi has a .982 career OPS against Pettitte. My memories are of Papi owning him, so I went and checked.
    There are also a variety of ways to get both Lowell and Ortiz into the same lineup card. They can put Lowell at 1st and move Youk to 3rd for a game and sit Beltre, they can put Lowell at 3rd, even immobile he’s not horrible there.
    In fact, they could go with this lineup:
    Bill Hall 2B
    Mike Lowell 1B
    Papi DH
    Youk LF (c’mon humor me – he did it once)
    Varitek C
    Cameron CF
    JD Drew RF
    Beltre 3B
    Scutaro SS
    Average age: 33.8
    Jesus, Matty and Felipe Alou this team is old. No wonder Theo was all happy to get Jason Hermida.

  14. phillymike - Apr 7, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Seems a little early to to start saying he is washed up. The big boys tend to get off to a slow start. And he faced Sabathia and Burnett who are among the top pitchers in the game.

  15. Ari Collins - Apr 7, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    That is a terrible, terrible lineup. Why no Pedroia? Why would you have Lowell and Papi so high in the lineup? Why Varitek? Were you just trying to get the oldest lineup to make a point?
    If we’re talking Ortiz over/unders, when do you think they switch Ortiz (batting fifth) and Drew (batting 7th).

  16. Moses Green - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    That was one of the worst lineups they could make without Hermida, and I was only going for old, more for fun than to make a point though.
    I’ll also take “never” in the pool for switching Papi and Drew.

  17. Bear - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Anyone think there’s a chance the sox sign Jack Cust? Some roster moves would have to be made, unless Papi would get released – which would make it simple. But that’s not going to happen for a while, if at all. By then Cust should have a job elsewhere. Cust would be cheap, and provide power & OBP. He’d probably thrive in the Boston line-up moreso than Oakland’s.

  18. BC - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    They better keep Lowell. They’re gonna need him to DH…

  19. Curious George - Apr 7, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    “Nick Johnson’s batting line: .000/.500/.000”
    Nick Johnson seems to have morphed from a guy who will take a walk to a guy who is looking to walk (his AB:BB ratio as a Marlin was 3:1). While a repeat of his 426/405 line from 2009 would make him extremely valuable, this type of batting approach transition does not typically end well. While we haven’t seen evidence in his first two games, pitchers will ultimately decide to throw more strikes until they have a reason not to. I don’t know that he can’t succeed swinging at more pitches, only that there’s a good chance we’ll likely soon find out.

  20. kwyjibo - Apr 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    wow. brilliant observation, rob. he’s 0-7, which means he doesn’t have any hits. a home run is a type of hit. idiot.

  21. el stupidio - Apr 7, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Albert Pujols is on pace to hit 324 home runs and smash Bonds fake record.
    Ortiz is on pace to hit 0. Enuff said.

  22. jp boul - Apr 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Send him back to whatever island he came from. The cheaper s*cks without drugs and steroids. He’s a loser.

  23. Fontaine - Apr 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Why not wait a week? Because the issue became pertinent last night against the Yankees with Youk on 2nd and representing the tying run, and eveyone in the house could see that Dave was overmatched. I agree he deserves time, but there ARE TIMES, such as last night, where what the Sox needed was Mike Lowell pinch hitting and let Dave figure out his swing at a less important time. The “apparent ignorance” you assign to each of these reporters is unfair.

  24. Manny - Apr 7, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Papi and I did not have relations with that needle.

  25. mheiser - Apr 7, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Mark Texeria is 0-8, let’s see the media ride him!

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