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David Ortiz doesn’t want the Robinson Cano treatment

Jul 10, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

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Robinson Cano denied Kansas City’s Billy Butler a spot in the Home Run Derby on Monday and paid dearly, getting booed all night by the Kauffman Stadium faithful. David Ortiz isn’t having of that.

Ortiz was voted in as the American League’s starting DH tonight, but he said he’ll take just one at-bat and then step aside so that Butler can enter the game.

It doesn’t really fit in with the whole “This time, it counts” motif, but then, a lot of the starters the game will be littered with backups later on anyway. Under normal circumstances, Ortiz would have been looking at two at-bats, instead of one.

  1. rooney24 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Who can hate on Big Papi? I’m not a Sox fan, but I like Ortiz.

    • sictransitchris - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Agreed. I’m a Yankee fan and he seems like a pretty fun guy.

    • sabatimus - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      If only he could stop baiting the media.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        So you are saying Ortiz is a master baiter?

        I’m sorry :(

      • bigharold - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        No he’s say he’s a media baiter. Pay attention, .. or not. Paying attention is generally optional around here.

      • jl9830 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        Haha “bigharold” doesn’t get it

  2. vallewho - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    More funny stuff. the ASG is a joke.

    • daisycutter1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Why on earth would Washington allow that to happen? Ortiz >>>>>> Butler, and the Rangers could end up in the WS.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Bowing down to the bullshit, entitled, PC crowds. THIS is what’s wrong with not only baseball, but our entire society. F@ck Billy Butler. He should’ve played better and inspired more fans to vote for him, if he wanted to start.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      You’re an idiot.

  4. scatterbrian - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Jesus, just like the Dickey/Cain situation, Butler is no slouch.

    • sictransitchris - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      There are 15 players in the AL with more HRs than Butler. There weren’t 15 better pitchers than R.A. Dickey.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        Homeruns aren’t the only relevant stat for hitting. Thanks for missing the point.

      • sictransitchris - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:47 AM

        When we’re talking about the Home Run Derby… yeah, it kinda is.

      • Joe - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        When we’re talking about who plays DH in the All-Star game…no, they aren’t.

  5. dcdebacle - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    how about KC stop whining and start voting? “hey, cano said he was going to appease us and put some fatass in the derby, but instead wants to win! no fair!” maybe that’s why it takes 40 years for the ASG to come to KC?

  6. djdvd - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Just another reason why the ASG shouldn’t “count”.

    Although not like the home field advantage in the WS matters to you eh Royals fans?

  7. patbocam - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Kansas city is a joke and so are their fans. Boo all you want, but first boo your small market owner and gm.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      It’s one thing to root for Goliath. It’s another to mock David.

      Jerk.

  8. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    No former cheats should be allowed in the asg I.e. lil papi.

  9. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    LOVE the pic of Ortiz

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Is that one of the robots from Batteries Not Included on his hat?

  10. hittfamily - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Logan Morrison would be FREAKING OUT if he saw the size of the bug on Papi’s head.

  11. elykoj - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Ortiz looks like Florida from “Good Times”. Lol

  12. elykoj - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Ortiz looks like Florida Evans from “Good Times”. , LOL

  13. cleverbob - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Wow, those KC fans sure are awful!

  14. thatyankeedude - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I am hardcore Yankee and I love Ortiz, the dude is a class act and I think if the Royals fans would boo Ortiz for taking one more at bat then they don’t like baseball because Ortiz is fun to watch

  15. hotkarlsandwich - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Ortiz is full of shit

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      He gave up the spot because if they started booing Miss Papi, he would start crying. This guy isn’t a class act- he cheated the game and then wouldn’t own up to it and can’t stop whining to the media about how everyone mistreats him. I want him to just STFU and go away already.

  16. randygnyc - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Lol. Ortiz took his 2 at bats. He’s good friends with Robbie. IMO, it was an intentional poke in the eye to the Royals fans who booed Robbie. If not, why say anything beforehand?

  17. jdd428 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    So much for that. Papi just had his 2nd at bat. He singled and stayed in the game to run. Does Washington realize he has a bench full of stars to get into the game?! He’s done a terrible job managing – Verlander should not have started and Harrison should have been used much later.

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