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

Jul 27, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

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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. dafern0560 - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Another reason to suspect that he is on PEDs. Those are telltale signs of testosterone outbursts

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Totally. Everyone knows only juicers get mad.

      Like Lou Piniella.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:59 AM

        And George Brett, Billy Martin…

    • indaburg - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      So effin predictable, these PED accusation comments.

      Look, he overreacted in a stupid, violent manner. It was stupid for him to jeopardize his teammates like that. However, to make any further conclusions based on this incident says more about you than Ortiz.

      • paperlions - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        Especially because every study on steroid side effects fails to find anything that could be called “roid rage”. Some guys are hot tempered assholes, whether they are on steroids or not.

      • indaburg - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        And some women, too. Ahem.

      • paperlions - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Some? All y’all are crazy.

      • indaburg - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        What?!?! You sexist chauvinist asshole!!!

        /smashes phone with baseball bat

      • paperlions - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        You are right. I’m sorry. Won’t happen again.

      • indaburg - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        ‘Philiac has trained you well. :-)

      • paperlions - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Ohhhh, that’s the result of a life time of training.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        So effin predictable, someone comes along and pretends that Ortiz didn’t test positive in 2003 along with Manny.

      • indaburg - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Where did I say that, m’love? Just wondering.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Oh I’m sorry it just seems like you’re getting upset that people bring up the fact that a cheat like Ortiz is still being called a cheat.

        That poor poor man.
        At least Lance Armstrong supporters could say Lance never tested positive for PED’s.

        So again, i’m sorry, Please take this moment to explain why you felt it necessary to start your take with “So effin predictable, these PED accusation comments”
        My favorite part being the “accusation” part of it.

        The next Braun story, if a commentor mentions PEDS are you going to get so effin upset about PED “accusations” too?

      • indaburg - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        You know something? Back in 2004, I got busted for driving 110 mph. Guess what I have not done since 2004? Driven 110 mph again.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Cool story

        You’re still someone busted for speeding
        What? You think changing the offense makes it better or less true. Wait lemme try.
        Back in 2004 I was convicted of murder
        And guess what, I haven’t murdered since.

        See how easy and stupid this is?

      • indaburg - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        No… you completely missed my point. Went right over your head. Let me try to make it even simpler.

        Just because you did something once, it doesn’t mean you did it again. Is that easier? No analogy. No multi-syllable words.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        You posted “So effin predictable, these PED accusation comments”

        About a guy who actually tested positive for PED’s
        That’s dumb, please stop and accept it.

        Yes Indaburg, you’re going to have to accept that people are going to bring up past PED use about a guy who tested positive for PED’s in the past.

        SMH at people who refuse to accept they said something dumb.

      • indaburg - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        I’m doing the same for you, kind simple minded sir. Idiots who don’t know how idiotic they sound though–they amuse me. Please, go on.

      • Bill Parker - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Wait…so the fact that he tested positive ten years ago (which has all sorts of its own problems but never mind that) frees you from ever needing evidence against him again? If Johnny robbed a bank 25 years ago and another bank just got robbed somewhere in the world yesterday, is “Johnny did it” not an allegation anymore? “Oh I’m sorry it seems like you’re upset that a bank robber like Johnny is still being called a bank robber.” Hoo boy.

      • indaburg - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        Thank you, Bill. My point exactly.

      • Bill Parker - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Oops. “Accusation,” not “allegation.” Even better.

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      I always thought Tommy Lasorda was on the juice.

      • regulatedmilitia - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        He was but it was from Bertolli Classico.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        “Make it Progresso….or make it yourself!”

  2. maritime85 - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Jeez he almost killed Pedroia, props to dp for getting in his face after that wow

  3. beelza - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Latin Black Hulk.

  4. ironmd778 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Roid Rage! LMAO

  5. mtr75 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Roid rage is an ugly thing.

  6. jetsfan79 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    This guy is such a dirtbag, he says a few years ago if you test positive you should get banned for life….then tests positive. Then sucks for almost a year to the point they almost released him because he couldn’t juice. Then he OBVIOUSLY has found something they can’t test for yet and he struts around like he’s king shit. Normal people don’t do shit like that. Big poppi, more like big fucking douche bag….my opinions of course

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Then sucks for almost a year to the point they almost released him because he couldn’t juice.

      He sucked for a year because he tore a tendon in his wrist. But keep sticking with the juice stuff and making yourself look ignorant.

  7. bmcg13 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    He’s a joke… Another guy who thinks he’s bigger than the game.Big Baby

  8. baseballbarrister - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    What amazes me is the number of people defending Ortiz. If an average person acted like this they’d face significant civil liability.

  9. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    When you start slinging unsubstantiated mud such as the term “Roid Rage” you are leaving yourself open to the charge of “Reefer Madness”.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      There will always be useful pawns for the rich and powerful.

    • patsfan13 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Do bogart that joint my friend, pass it over to me.

  10. hscdaw - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I find his comments after the game about respecting players and he doesn’t deserve to be disrespected. Stay classy Ortiz, you clearly didn’t have any regard for your teammates when you were throwing your dugout temper tantrum. Oh yeah and what about when he constantly shows up pitchers by flipping his bats and admiring his home runs. #hypocrite

  11. 8man - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I think Papi needs a few days off to throttle back. I don’t think the league office will like what they saw and I’m pretty sure the Sox front office won’t be happy about paying for the damage.

    Surprising to see this outburst from a veteran over a strike zone. There must be something deeper here. The Rays being in first place? Really, who brings cowbells to the ball park? Rays fans, that’s who. Well at least the 8,000 or so that show up. Here’s hoping the Sox and Os go on huge win streaks after this series to finish 1 & 2 in the East.

  12. regulatedmilitia - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    The Big Poopi thinks he deserves respect n this league. He doesn’t, he’s just a DH and nothing more. Too Petey didn’t take a bat and start wailing on Poopi.

  13. redsoxchamp11 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    the reason this guy is the GOAT dh is because of that passion. I like it. I don’t like it happening so close to everyone else, but any athlete at some point in the career has lost their mind like that out of frustration. was it reckless, yes absolutely, but 99% of you just want to bag on him because he is a sox player. And 99% of you would shut up if he signed with your team. Yes especially you yankees fans.

  14. tbutler704 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM


  15. Tom in Desoto, TX - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Poor David…the umpires don’t genuflect like almost all announcers and writers of the “greatness” of Oritz. Bashing a bat sending splinters around?, I’m suprise David hasn’t picked up a lot of splinters when ride the pine since it’s his main “job” while in the dugout. For a guy who hasn’t played in the field for more than 10 games in the last 5 or 6 years or so the TV announcers and writers talk of him going to the HOF. He’d be the first bench coach to be elected. Him being elected to the HOF is absurd. He was nothing in the Metrodome, a hitters ballpark, so he went to a small park. I’m sure David would be outstanding in Williamsburg.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      This is wrong for so many reasons:

      1) The phone box splintered, not the bat.
      2) How many bench coaches have hit 420 homers?
      3) With the 40-foot wall, long center field, and huge right field, Fenway suppresses homers. (though it increases doubles)

      • drewsylvania - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        I guess some people don’t like facts.

  16. big68 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Black Rage!

  17. spoiledbratswhosuck - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    …………………that kind of rage will pop up again down the road in 20 yrs whether on a loved one or Yolanda the cleaning lady.

    I would bet a dozen of Dunkins best.

  18. dowhatifeellike - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    The only person he should be mad at is himself. The fourth pitch was not in the strike zone but he stepped out of the box before it crossed the plate, which by rule makes it a strike. If he had stood still he would have been on first base.

    • larryvosmik - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      That is not how it works. If the batter steps out of the box the umpire calls the pitch: ball or strike. The batter can step out of the box but the risk is that the pitcher MAY throw a strike. It is not a strike by rule.

    • Senor Cardgage - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      That’s true in lower leagues, but it’s not true in the majors. Rule 6.02(b): “The batter shall not leave his position in the batter’s box after the pitcher comes to Set Position, or starts his windup. PENALTY: If the pitcher pitches, the umpire shall call ‘Ball’ or ‘Strike,’ as the case may be.”

      • patsfan13 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        It was definately out of the strike zone.

  19. drewsylvania - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Good catch by thinkfirstthenspeak. It’s the phone that shatters, not the bat. Regardless, shrapnel is bad.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      I wanted to chuck my phone into the woods plenty of times because shrapnel is bad.

  20. sillec28 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    His complete disregard for the safety of the two players on either side of him was appalling. It’s one thing to have these ‘roid-driven rages carried out somewhere that doesn’t place anyone else at risk. It’s completely different when the juiced up guy has no consideration at all for what he could be doing to others. Ortiz should be suspended for at least the rest of the season.

  21. jfk69 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I am Yankee fan and have seen Paul O Neil demolish a water cooler on more than one occasion. Not too mention nearly emptying the bat rack on to the field after a bad call. I love Big Pappi. If the Yankee replacement hitters had half his passion this year they might be in first. The roiders in baseball never freak out on the field. The reasons are obvious.

  22. adjwar - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    “Fat, roided and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”

  23. junglerat524 - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Looks like Timmy is back on the wagon. He was doing so good.

  24. philliephaninva - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Roid Rage! However, I saw shards of phone fly in all directions, not shards of bat.

  25. thetooloftools - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:46 PM


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