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David Ortiz ejected for arguing balls and strikes, throws temper tantrum

Jul 27, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

David Ortiz Reuters Reuters

Red Sox DH David Ortiz was ejected during tonight’s game against the Orioles after arguing balls and strikes with umpire Tim Timmons. Manager John Farrell had to restrain Ortiz as he shouted at Timmons. After returning to the dugout, Ortiz promptly took out his anger with a baseball bat on the dugout phone. Shards of the bat were ejected in every direction towards Ortiz’s teammates, prompting Dustin Pedroia to confront him.

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  1. hcf95688 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Steroid rage.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Childish fit!

      • hcf95688 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        That too!

    • bigharold - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Kinda makes my long for when Paul O’Neill had the good grace to merely take it out on the water cooler.

      Ah, .. the good old days.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      HULK SMASH!!!!!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      His perfectly manscaped beard is getting old !

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Predictable, stupid and cheap. Nice trifecta.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      he was heated, almost cracked Pedroia with the bat.

    • christos99 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:15 AM

      my goodness, peeps are completely totally over-reacting over this fit. David Ortiz has a good case, however since “Boston is his f*cking city” he forgot he was on the road…

    • theskinsman - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:22 AM

      Hardly roid rage. Those signs are throwing a broken bat at another player..or suddenly having your leg break for no apparent reason. This is frustration due to pathetic umpiring from Mr.Magoo behind the plate. Why MLB doesn’t use an actually accurate system for balls and strikes is beyond reason.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Perhaps he was upset because the Yankees had been hogging the story lines earlier in the day and he wanted to give the Red Sox some notoriety. It had been too quiet without Valentine.

    • sabatimus - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Lemme guess: disgruntled Blue Jays fan?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        disgruntled bluejays fan? Is that possible? maybe because you gotta go back to 1993 since they actually matter? hmmm I think you are right sir!!

    • drewzducks - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Very little noise and distraction now, with a real manager who finally gets to manage a legitimate team in a real baseball city.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      maybe he was upset that Josh “1 win” Johnson still has “1 win” this late in the season? Hey could be true, they could be friends maybe or even have those funny “shakes” together

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Before Bill Baer got to work yesterday, more than half the stories yesterday on HBT were about the Yankees. To his credit, Bill ignored the Yankees.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Want some cheese with that Whine?

  3. dondada10 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Baby want a bottle? Jeez, grow up.

    • blacksables - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      And yet you feel the need to resort to name calling?

  4. cackalackyank - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Wow Papi, way to help out the team. You have been in the bigs for how long now? It is not 2011 or 2012.This is 2013 and that kinda stuff is not going to fly.

  5. tigersfandan - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Based on the video, I think the phone-smashing was not a reaction to the ejection, but rather what prompted Timmons to toss Ortiz.

    • fm31970 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      The reason why doesn’t matter. It was an incredibly immature, stupid, and dangerous thing to do, especially with one of your teammates within a few feet of your swinging bat in the dugout. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

      • tigersfandan - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        I agree. I wasn’t defending the childish outburst, just pointing out an error in the article.

    • thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      I was watching the game. You are correct. The ump let him rant for a while, but didn’t eject him until he smashed the phone.

  6. detroitfanatic - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Miguel Sano will have a lot to do to catch up with David.

  7. bosoxfan15 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    In all fairness two of those called strikes were terrible. Timmons called them due to Ortiz’s early steps towards first base. This has been a sloppily umpired game.

    • Glenn - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      It was a horribly umpired game. No excuse for the behavior of Ortiz, but it was not a night for the men in blue to be proud of either.

      • southofheaven81 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        If Ortiz had just ranted & not smashed the phone, this article would have been about the terrible call, and continued the push for replay. Instead it’s about Ortiz being a baby.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      A bad call doesn’t excuse Ortiz acting like a 6 year old.

  8. thomas844 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    That was good leadership shown by Pedroia. He was correct to confront Ortiz the way he did. Impressive, too, considering Ortiz is about twice his size.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      And considering that the big guy had just gone nuts a few seconds earlier.

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Not since Shawn Michaels decided to turn on Kevin Nash has there been such a size mismatch in a face-off.

      • southofheaven81 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        All kidding aside Pedroia handled the situation about as well as you would hope. Ballsy guy.

  9. drewsylvania - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    If the league doesn’t suspend him, the team should. At least two teammates could have been injured by shrapnel. Just a stupid move all around.

  10. thejjtrain - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    “I don’t think that phone is going to work anymore”

    Thanks Captain Obvious

    • skeleteeth - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      Except if you actually watch the video it does still work. Obviously.

  11. sabatimus - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Bad thing to do, David. You could seriously have hurt your own teammates there. After all that, Pedroia is the voice of reason even though he was nearly the victim of those bat swings.

  12. josemartez - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    That fit was dangerously close to Pedroia. Looked too upset to notice that those swings, not just the shrapnel, could’ve very seriously hurt someone.

  13. 13arod - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    drewsylvania he will get suspend by mlb because breet lawrie got ejected last year for throwing his helment towards the umpire and the league suspened him for 1 game so im pretty sure he will get suspened by the league

    • drewsylvania - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Maybe–that was for an equipment violation on the field. Not sure what the rule says about equipment violations in the dugout.

    • sabatimus - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Ortiz’s violent reaction was not toward the umpire in any way. However, the Sox should suspend him for a game or two for that crap.

  14. croatiannation - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    There is absolutely no excuse for Ortiz losing his #$%! like that…..but I am growing tired of umpires not being held accountable for knowing the difference between a ball and a strike.

  15. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    What a stupid, childish, pathetic, hissy fit. You are winning the damn game and you decide to throw a fit over a few bad strike calls, nearly causing injury to your teammates. You have embarrassed yourself, the team that pays you, and the sport you play. MLB needs to step in and drop an immediate and significant suspension here. Absolutely pathetic.

    • sabatimus - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      At least he didn’t get a DUI…

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      “What I’m going to tell you is I have 17 years in the league and I don’t think I deserved to be disrespected like that. If you wanna get respect from the player then you respect the player and that was horrible. Both of them pitches, not just the one,” Ortiz said. “Intentionally walk me, I don’t mind going to first base. So why do you have to call pitches like that a strike? It was a ball. The catcher let go and (it) hit him in face. I don’t pitch. I don’t play defense. I hit. You’re not going to take my at-bats away from me.”

      “He (Pedroia) just didn’t want me to go crazy and make it worse. That was horrible. People always focus on when we snap. That’s the reason why you snap. You always look like the bad guy. I’m not the bad guy. I’m just trying to do my job. Don’t take my at-bat away from me like that. When I’m walking away he’s acting like he was right about the call. No you wasn’t right. The whole planet saw you weren’t right. Don’t be giving me that (junk).”

      Read more:,0,3664129.story#ixzz2aJdkn7Dr

      • sabatimus - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:21 AM

        Sorry David, you ARE “the bad guy” here. If the ump is wrong, then he’s wrong, but don’t go ballistic in the dugout and nearly destroy your teammates. I wish he’d own his tirade.

      • josemartez - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        I don’t get how he can do something like that and then act like he’s the victim. Suck it up, Papi, and own up to the fact that you were wrong with your reaction.

  16. johnholly1039 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    What is he, six years old? Shit.

  17. thebigtim2012 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Completely stupid move however over the course of his career I can’t remember anything even close to this from David. That may save a suspension but doubtful.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Find me another example when MLB suspended a player for a dugout tantrum. The team, yes, the league, no. But the Sox won’t suspend Papi, because this was an anomaly. Hurting the team to teach Papi a lesson that he doesn’t need to be taught makes no sense. He’ll apologize all around, and that will be it.

  18. biffnasty - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    it was ryan braun calling on that phone, explaining how there was another *mishandled* urine sample

  19. dugldo - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Speaking in 2012 lingo… Braun, Aroid and Ortiz all at about the same level of douche nozzle-ness. He thinks he’s bigger than the game just like the other 2.

  20. therealraider - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Anyone notice how easy that bat shattered? Ive hit a few things with a baseball bat in my time and Ive never had one shatter into a million pieces. A little strange.

    • quark0704 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:15 AM

      Maybe because David Ortiz is a professional athlete and is probably like four times stronger than you are? Just a theory.

    • thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Watch it again and maybe pause a couple times in there. The bat didn’t shatter. It was whole when it was tossed away. It was the phone/phone casing that shattered.

  21. timsizzle83 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    If I was the Os I’d let it be known that Ortiz is permanently barred from camden yards, if I smashed some shit up out there not only would I get a permanent ban but also arrested for malicious destruction of property. Either way a suspension is def in order.

  22. soxpatsbscelts - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:12 AM


    • sabatimus - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      huahuahua go back to sleep already.

  23. autumnoo - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    check the real face of life…..

  24. 6stn - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Instead of suspending him, send him to the minors, and make him play centerfield for about two weeks.

  25. northstarnic - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Roid rage.

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