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David Ortiz got punk’d by Dustin Pedroia

Aug 9, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia AP

Remember last week when David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session and went on a profanity-laced tirade over a lost RBI, the result of a changed scoring decision?

Well, apparently no one got a bigger chuckle out of it than little Dustin PedroiaSays the report:

Pedroia told Ortiz that John Henry and Theo Epstein ordered the official scorer to take away Ortiz’s RBI in an effort to keep Ortiz’s stat totals low and therefore give him less leverage when it comes time to negotiate a new contract.

It sure makes Ortiz sound awfully gullible, but he was upset about losing the RBI anyway and this likely just provided the nudge that sent him over the edge.

Fortunately, Ortiz has recovered well.  Last night, he homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth in the win over the Twins.  He’s on pace to drive in 105 runs, which would be his high total since he finished with 117 in 2007.


Update: Lo and behold, Ortiz has been credited with the RBI after all.

  1. pbsenerchia - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    How are we still calling him Dustin, and not “Dusty”? Lil’ Dusty.

    • thinman61 - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      I double dog dare you to call him that to his face. 😉

      • paperlions - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        Don’t forget to bend down first, so you are at eye level.

      • stoutfiles - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        He could just hold him back with a hand on his forehead and watch him wildly throw punches. Aww, Lil’ Dusty.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Hilarious. That’s right up there with Roger Dorn hanging the “cut” ticket in Ricky Vaughn’s locker.

    • hittfamily - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Or Charlie Manuel convincing Kyle Kendrick he had been traded to Japan. I still laugh thinking about that video.

      • paulsdamnblog - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        @hittfamily— Brett Myers explaining that kobyashi is the “hot dog eater” may have been the greatest prank in mlb history. Pat Burrell coming out of the batting cage, saying good luck and going back into the cage still gets me.

  3. Lukehart80 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Ortiz is also angry that you don’t get credit for an RBI when you ground into a double-play.

  4. steveflack - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    So Ortiz’s outburst was for real?

    If any other player did this, the media would be all over this, but because it’s Ortiz, they let it slide because “Oh that wacky Papi…”

    Y’know, like the time he was caught used PEDs.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      Yeah, the small market Boston media always takes it easy on Papi.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      steveflack- he always has a smile on his face and wants hugs- who cares if he got caught juicing and then lied about it? It’s Papi being Papi!

      • cba456 - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        When did he get caught juicing and lie about it? You mean the time his name was on a list whose details we know nothing about was leaked to various media sources? Don’t let evidence or proof or knowledge get in the way of the story you like to tell yourself.

      • hittfamily - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        I think he blamed it on a milkshake if I remember right. He has a better memory than me, because 2 years after the test, he still remembered what he had to eat that month.

      • steveflack - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        “On July 30, 2009, The New York Times reported that Ortiz and then-teammate Manny Ramirez were among a group of roughly 100 major league players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003 survey testing.[6] Five months before the Times allegations surfaced, Ortiz argued that players who tested positive for steroids should be suspended for an entire season.[6] Before the Red Sox’s game that afternoon, Ortiz declined to comment on the report, saying, “I’m not talking about that anymore.”[6] Afterwards, he confirmed he had tested positive and promised to speak with the media once he “[got] to the bottom of” the matter.[7]

        Ten days later, Ortiz held a press conference before a game at Yankee Stadium and denied ever buying or using steroids but suggested the positive test might have been due to his use of supplements and vitamins at the time.[8] When asked which supplements he had been taking, Ortiz said he did not know.[9] Ortiz was accompanied at the press conference by the general counsel of the players union, Michael Weiner. Because the list of players who tested positive was seized as part of a government investigation and is currently under court-ordered seal pending the outcome of litigation, Weiner said the players union was unable to provide Ortiz with any details about his test result, including what substance he tested positive for.”

      • cba456 - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        Where in that wikipedia (?) article does it say (A) that Ortiz tested positive for steroids, and (B) that he lied about it? He was on a list where he might or might not have tested positive for something that might or might not have been banned in major league baseball at the time. My personal opinion is that Ortiz probably did steroids or HGH somewhere along the way, as probably the majority of MLB did. But we have no proof. We have a small fragment of a list of people who tested positive for something.

    • mornelithe - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:19 AM

      @ Steve: Um…so you wouldn’t be pissed if you were told that two people extremely high up in your organization were attempting to subvert your numbers, in order to bring down your value for future contract negotiations? Isn’t that like, working for a company who goes behind your back to mess up reports and other work you’ve done, in order to justify cutting your pay? Sounds like the movie Disclosure without the sexual harassment.

  5. mvpolamalu - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Lukehart80 say that to his face and see what happens

  6. bloodysock - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Punk Papi and make it to the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated:

  7. deathmonkey41 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    To be fair to Papi- roid rages are hard to control.

  8. pisano - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    I think I’d have used a different headline than “punk’d” in some communities that wouldn’t go over real good, and if Papi read it he might get upset especially having the dwarf punking him.

  9. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Yeah please …. if you are going to be fair to Papi please make sure and be fair to a roid too , his roid rages are bringing him to cocaine filled poker games .

  10. nomoreseasontix - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:24 PM


  11. rsox3fan - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    little Dustin Pedroia.Could have kept little out of it…….MATTHEW.

  12. hittfamily - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Dammit. As a Rays fan, this is a paiful admission. I like Dustin Pedroia. Thank god that bastard Youk is still there to balance it all out.

  13. Jim DeLa - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    I still don’t understand how the scorer could deny Ortiz the RBI .. man on second, a base hit to right…. what’s the basis of not giving him the RBI?

    • hittfamily - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      The stop sign was up. Runner wouldnt have scored. Players advancing on throws dont count towards stats. If a guy hits a single, and the throw goes home, he doesn’t get a double for going to second. Same thing in this situation.

  14. damnyankee13 - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Alotta players names were on that list from a lot of different teams. Only the Red sox fans say their players never used but every other player did.

    • cba456 - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:38 PM

      You are 100% wrong, but you actually highlight the problem. Only 7 names from that list have been released. Manny, Ortiz, A-Rod, Sosa, Jason Grimsley (2 former yankees!), Larry Bigbie, and David Segui. We have no idea how prevalent drug use was. MLB says that not even all the people on the list would have failed drug tests as they were constructed in 2004. So to hold something against 1/15th of a list of people who might or might not have done something against the retroactively defined rules of baseball seems pretty silly.

  15. Glenn - Aug 9, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    I’ve knocked Ortiz for this incident but now it makes sense. Anyone in the last year of a contract has to be a little bit selfish about their stats. In a negotiation or arbitration, that’s all that matters. If he were gullible enough to believe Pedroia, the outburst doesn’t seem so farfetched.

  16. mornelithe - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    I think everyone is COMPLETELY missing the point here. Pedroia told Ortiz that Epstein and John Henry instructed the scorer to do this, in order to devalue him for contract negotiations, any one of you would be LIVID if you thought for a second your employer was pulling a stunt like this. You’re just jealous that if you were to pull the same kind of stunt; bursting into your bosses office and flipping the B*tch switch, you’d get fired in a heartbeat.

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