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David Ortiz goes 4-for-4 in Red Sox win, does not destroy anything else

Jul 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI in his first game after destroying the telephone in the visitor’s dugout at Camden Yards last night. He hit a two-run home run off of Orioles starter Jason Hammel in the second inning and logged three additional singles as he bumped his batting average back up to .329.

Ortiz played off last night’s temper tantrum in good humor, laughing as teammates Ryan Dempster and Jonny Gomes pretended to fix the dugout phone by hooking up aluminum cans on a string.

Ortiz also pretended to go after the phone with his bat again, but in a joking fashion this time. Via Gamereax:

The Red Sox, behind seven shutout innings by starter Jon Lester, handily defeated the Orioles 5-0. As the Rays lost to the Yankees on an Alfonso Soriano walk-off RBI single, the Red Sox reclaimed first place in the AL East at 63-43.

  1. theskinsman - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Solid performance by Lester,and Ortiz was locked in at the plate. About time the Sox took a series from the O’s.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Papi did destroy something else – 4 baseballs.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Ortiz did NOT bump his average back up to “.369”.

    After these 4 hits, he is now hitting .329 for the season.

    • Bill Baer - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      I’m not even sure how I typed those numbers, they’re not even close together on the numpad.

  3. skinsovieterps - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    He’s such a professional, he’s a roid raging fat donkey who if MLB had any stones would have suspended that turd for what he did last night.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      “..he’s a roid raging fat donkey…”

      I don’t care if you agree with the comment or not but this part is funny.

    • theskinsman - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      If he was on roids he’d be in much better shape. Or his leg would snap for no apparent reason….

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Glad he got that out of his system. Still waiting to see if MLB has bad news for him.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      I hope so.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Hey – thanks TMcT. What are you – the phone police?

    • offseasonblues - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      I am a Red Sox fan and I adore David Ortiz. But he was way out of line and I have no problem if he’s held accountable. A fine might be appropriate; certainly he’s responsible for the cost of the phone repair.

      But will the umpire be held accountable for his shape shifting concept of the strike zone?

      As for Dempster and Gomes, that was quite the deadpan performance.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Orioles: “We’re an organization that is valued at hundreds of millions of dollars….and Mr. Ortiz you owe us $45 for repairs to our landphone. We expect payment promptly or else we will impose a $2 a day penalty fee.”

        Who even repairs a phone? You throw it out and get a new one. Are there people who can even “repair” a regular phone anymore? Are they in the same building as the cobbler and the TV/VCR repairmen?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        tfbf, you are making dead Marge Schott cry.

    • bostonjerry23 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:38 AM

      Why would they have bad news for him? Maybe a fine – but no suspension. Bud loves Ortiz 😉

  5. 13arod - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    He did destroy the ball today

  6. pisano - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    It’s either roid rage, or he needs to grow up. I always thought a lot of him, but I couldn’t believe what he pulled yesterday, it wasn’t the Ortiz I had so much respect for.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Why is it “either/or”? I would argue it is likely both. But it is hardly unprecedented with this guy.

      He should be embarrassed about it, but instead he is playing it like a big joke. Ass clown.

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I wonder if we will get a study in contrasts with a post about Miggy getting tossed today without even yelling and screaming, throwing anything, or even being demonstratively upset. And, then he just walked off.

    Apparently, Leyland has only been tossed twice this year — by the same ump. They said Fairchild leads the league in ejections. That’s an ump stat you don’t want.

    • tigersfandan - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Actually, Fairchild is tied for the lead (8), but the guy he’s tied with got 6 of his ejections in the Dbacks-Dodgers brawl.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      He leads the league in ejecting Tiggers, that’s the League of Her Own to which Historio is referring.

  8. ballsonbase - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Its refreshing to see some one who has played the game as long as Big Papi take his at bats with passion.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Maybe destroying that stupid phone was like Varitek destroying A-Rod’s stupid face and it will inspire the team to win the Series.

    Hell, it already inspired Jon Lester to stop being completely fucking useless.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Yes, Papi and Tek were equally tough, what with Tek slapping ARod with his mitt while in full protective gear and Papi hitting an inanimate object.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        The difference being that the phone wasn’t in-between cycles because of the of the implementation of a new testing policy.

        Although, I will grant you that, steroids or not, A-Rod is still basically a girl. So that was wrong.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        While the phone may have been between cycles, Papi is obviously at the peak of his.

        And I suppose it is true that Tek cant fight a girl without his mask on, but if that is what counts for Inspiration for that team, so be it. Teks leadership skills sure were fantastic his last year there in bean town when the whole thing fell apart.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        I’m sure Tek would have beaten up A-Rod in 2011 for inspiration too if, at that point, it wouldn’t have been as sad as pushing an old person off their rascal.

      • bigt12789 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        “A-Rod” “Slapping” “Mitt”. All words that bring back the wonderful image of that punk standing on second base with his hands on his head wondering how he could have been called out for his infamous bitch smack…

      • bbil2012 - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Kinda like when tough guy Billy Martin sucker punched a drunken marshmallow salesman.

  10. aceshigh11 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    David Ortiz clearly used the bat that says “Bad Motherfucker” on it, a’la Jules from Pulp Fiction.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      I think it was the Soul Pole.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        I like that!

        Sounds kinda dirty.

  11. cocheese000 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Him destroying the phone and going 4 for 4 in the same weekend screams to me STEROIDS.

  12. thebigtim2012 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    How does that “scream steroids”? To me it screams an ump with a moving strike zone and a great hitting performance. Steroids could help with bat doped and power but going 4 for 4 is just a good night. But I could be wrong

  13. stairwayto7 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Roid rage! Test him now!!

  14. mpzz - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    ‘roid rage again.

  15. jfk69 - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    News flash… T Mobile hires Ortiz for new ad campaign based on..Destroying your competition.

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