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David Ortiz does NOT like to have RBIs taken away

Aug 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.”

As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had.  There’s heavily-bleeped video of the incident at the link, but Haggerty wrote it down:

“[Bleepin’] scorekeeper always [bleepin’] [bleep] up”

I’m guessing nothing comes of this at all.  But I do wonder what the reaction would be if it was Alex Rodriguez or Carlos Beltran or some other guy the media likes to get on for being selfish steaming over an RBI being taken away from him.

UPDATE: Now some people are telling me that this was a joke, though they’re not 100% clear, as it’s all sort of playing out on Boston talk radio today.  If it was a joke, fine, ya got me. I’d expect fewer F-bombs in that kind of a joke in front of cameras and reporters and stuff, but everyone rolls differently.

  1. natstowngreg - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Just lost a bit of respect for Papi.

    • bloodysock - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      One has to question his judgment on using that forum with all the cameras and recorders to express his frustration with a scorekeeper’s decision.

      And didn’t the team just put up a sign last night in the clubhouse that reads “‘WHAT YOU SEE HERE, WHAT YOU HEAR HERE, STAYS HERE!”

    • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      “I’m guessing nothing comes of this at all. But I do wonder what the reaction would be if it was Alex Rodriguez or Carlos Beltran or some other guy the media likes to get on for being selfish steaming over an RBI being taken away from him.”

      They’d probably get their panties in a bunch about it, and it would be ridiculous. It may be a double standard, but Ortiz is on the right side of that standard. Athlete reacts badly to the decision of an officiator and/or scorekeeper? It’s a non-story.

      • mella21 - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM

        “It may be a double standard, but Ortiz is on the right side of that standard.”

        But here’s the thing-he was recently elected captain of Home run Derby, he’s been a media darling for the most part…how does the fact that he was linked to steroids not taint him AT ALL?

        Wasn’t he on that ’03 list? DIdn’t Manny Ramirez basically have a quote that included Ortiz in whatever he was doing? Wasn’t the fact that the Mitchell Report was conducted by a man who had ties to the Red Sox not take away SOME credibility for those findings?

        I just find David Ortiz and his unswerving popularity somewhat of a mystery. Not with red sox fans, obviously, but with the way the media has chosen to cover him. And Im not saying Alex Rodriguez doesn’t deserve most of his own issues, just saying Ortiz is a mystery.

    • dp83 - Aug 6, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      He’s had a couple of these types of rants lately, plus been involved in a fight with the Orioles. Sounds like David Roidtiz has some roid rage going. Big Poopi is using again.

  2. Glenn - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Yep, Big Papi is definitely coated with teflon. He has also survived his grousing about the questions raised with his horrible starts in 2009 and 2010, along with his whining about contracts, extensions, etc.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      Anyone remember when he got busted for being on the positive steroid test list? The media doesn’t. We’re still waiting for the results of his personal special investigation…

      • shadows in bloom - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM

        he got busted for peds. roids were never specified and the league admitted several players on the list were not from using roids but from using other banned substances that can be found in supplements found at your local gnc store. his stance was that this was the case with him. who knows the truth but him but it’s worth noting that such company’s who make these supplements have been found liable in the past for having ingredients in their “concoctions” that were not listed on the bottle.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Everyone loves this guy because he’s a big teddybear. He’s cheated the game, got caught, and still wasn’t man enough to admit it- he blamed it on suspect protein shakes he drank in the Dominican. He whines when he gets hit even though his team has no problem plunking everyone they face. Now he’s crying that official scorers have taken away from his RBI total when he should only be concerned that his team lost last night. People say Alex Rodriguez has no intergrity- how about this phoney?

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      Huh, really? How many players have Red Sox pitchers beaned recently?

      • ditto65 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        Just watch this weekend to see how they do it.

      • spudchukar - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        Hey, Aces if I were you I wouldn’t go there. The Red Sox are blowing away all competition when it comes to bean balls. 60 compared to their next rival the Jays at 47. Teams have some catching up to do.

    • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      “UPDATE: Now some people are telling me that this was a joke, though they’re not 100% clear, as it’s all sort of playing out on Boston talk radio today. If it was a joke, fine, ya got me. I’d expect fewer F-bombs in that kind of a joke in front of cameras and reporters and stuff, but everyone rolls differently.”

      God forbid a player be funny, interesting or human in any way.

      • md23rewlz - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        What is funny, interesting, or human about this? If it’s a joke, then it’s sort of stupid (OMGZ, Ortiz used swears!) and unfunny, and if it’s not a joke, then it’s just childish. Either way, it’s not like it makes me respect the guy more. One word has always come to mind when I think of Ortiz: Fake. When the chips have been down, all of that class he supposedly has completely disappears. See his positive steroid test, see the previous two years when he got off slow and the media wrote the obvious stories and he freaked out on them. Keep up the act, though, Dave, Chris Berman will always love you.

      • frankvzappa - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        How surprising that commenters on this forum lack a sense of humor…

  4. thefalcon123 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    20 HR, 70 RBI, .289/.378/.534= Good Season

    20 HR, 69 RBI, .289/.378/.534= Bad season.

  5. illcomm - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    That RBI could make all the difference in him reaching 100 again on the season. 2010 he had 102 and 2009 he had 99.

    • icanspeel - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      The world will end if he only gets 99 RBI’s this year

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      I’m sure the same stuff that helped him “find his swing” when he couldn’t catch up to a fastball two years ago, will help him reach 100RBI

      • kedaco - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        that “stuff” could also explain the mood behavior he just exhibited in this instance. It really is a joke that the media hasn’t questioned the amazing recovery that he has shown. He was a guy who was overmatched for 2 years and now he is putting up decent numbers. Either the testing that MLB has in place is flawed or he has learned a way to mask it. Once again MLB and the media has put their heads in the sand on this guy.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      Not for nothing, but I could probably notch 100 RBI batting 5th in that lineup. I think he’ll be fine.

      • spindervish - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:57 PM

        Someone explain this to Philly fans.

  6. Travis Reitsma - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Everyone was laughing, including Francona. I think this may have been a joke, although the language is kind of much for a live press conference.

    • mella21 - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM

      The laughing seemed like ‘oh, here goes David interrupting my news conference. Never a dull day around here’ kind of thing.

      Not as in ‘ha ha, we’re pranking you guys’.

  7. ditto65 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    The laughing looked more like the “That was weird/unexpected.”, and less like “You just got PUNKED!”.

  8. nonfcomm - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    The man still holds a grudge against the Twins for wanting him to be able to hit the ball the other way and not just swing for the fences. That he would complain about not getting an RBI fits the profile perfectly.

    (I completely agree with deathmonkey41 that his appearance and demeanor gives him a lot more leeway than other players.)

    • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      “The man still holds a grudge against the Twins for wanting him to be able to hit the ball the other way and not just swing for the fences.”

      Yeah, and three hundred and eleven home runs later, I think we know who was right.

      • addictedzone - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM

        To be fair, the Twins also wanted him to be able to actually catch a ball.

      • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM

        And again, the Red Sox said forget that noise and profited immensely for it. 312.

  9. kcroyal - Aug 6, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Craig this is clearly a joke. Look at his face, look at her reaction….step outside, take a deep breath….it’s going to be okay little buddy.

  10. cintiphil - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    This is part of the game. Ortiz is a competitive player and wants all of the advantage he can get. Or, does this make him a whinney bitch? That’s what they said about Molina for complaining about several calls made by an ump. It seems that is is not even as the situation Molina was in during the heat of an important game. This was after the game was over, and not during the game right?

  11. bbgraf08 - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    I don’t know if this was a joke or not, but let’s assume it wasn’t. If Ortiz had a contract after this season I don’t think this ever happens. Ortiz has always been one concerned with stats, but I think now more than ever, because he wants to be able to bring his stats to the bargaining table when the season ends. The better the numbers, the better the potential for a good 2 year contract for the guy.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

      He plays for (and allegedly wants to remain with) a team whose GM is on the record as not giving a rat’s ass about RBI.

  12. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    I can certainly believe it was a joke. Ortiz and Tito seem to always be messing with each other in the dugout. If so then I agree with you Craig, a bit of a strange way to deliver a joke but kinda funny nonetheless

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