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David Ortiz whined about an official scorer’s ruling yesterday

Jun 19, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT

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During yesterday’s Red Sox-Twins game, David Ortiz hit a ball sharply which went to the right of Joe Mauer down at first. The ball bounced off Mauer’s glove and rolled a few feet away. Often times — maybe most of the time — hot shots like that are called hits. Sometimes they’re called errors. Here the official scorer called it an error.

Gordon Edes of reports that, after the inning was over, Ortiz “could be seen yelling at the press box, making a thumbs-down motion several times to indicate his displeasure with the call.” After the game, Ortiz had this to say:

“I thought people were supposed to have your back at home, and it never happens,” he said. “It’s always like that. I’ve been here for more than a decade and the scorekeepers here are always horrible. This is home, man. I always look like the bad guy, but they always end up changing it.”

They end up changing it, David, because you issue formal protests when a lot of guys of your stature would let it go. But let’s leave that aside for a moment.

Let’s instead focus of the pettiness of a guy with a Hall of Fame resume throwing a little temper tantrum over a scoring call that will matter not one iota in the course of this season let alone his career. In a game in which he came through in the clutch with a tenth inning home run which tied the game. Even if you allow for spontaneous frustration at the time of the scoring decision, you’d think that’d wash away after a game in which he played a key part in a heroic victory.

But nope. Instead he’s whining about a judgment call. Specifically, he’s whining that he didn’t get some hometown advantage on a judgment call. That’s about the weakest sauce.

Edes, in his story, notes that Ortiz is not the first guy to get mad about official scorers calls like this. Lots of guys do. Edes gives a long example of Giants first baseman Will Clark doing so back in the day. Which, yes, does show that even superstars get upset like this sometimes.

But it’s also worth noting that Clark, by the accounts of most people who played with him and covered him, was kind of a jackass.

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  1. mazblast - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    In Cincinnati, that would have been scored a double. The official scoring here is that bad–everything is a hit, even a ball last week that HIT OFF BRANDON PHILLIPS’ CHEST. Ball hit the ground, Trash-With-Flash threw it to first, ump called out, challenge, reversed–and they called it a HIT.

    • boogerhill - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      He’s also whining because WOMANny won’t give him any more hormones!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      “Trash with flash.” Hahaha! I am going to start using it. Typically, when talking baseball with my buddies (Redlegs fans)…I just refer to him as “Mouth” or “The Mouth.” Ima’ start workin’ yours in Maz. “Trash with flash.” Hahaha!

  2. jaturso - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    “… you’d think that’d wash away after a game in which he played a key part in a heroic victory.”
    “Heroic”.. really?

  3. nvl004 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    hide the bullpen phones

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I suppose he has to do SOMETHING while all of his teammates ditch him to go stand around on the grass with those big leather things on their hands.

  5. connormyboy - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    this guy pisses and moans about everything.

    • jrob23 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      true. But it’s sorta his know…to blog about baseball. If you don’t like Craig ‘TMZ’ Calcaterra’s articles don’t click on them 😉

  6. hittfamily - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    David Price was right. This guy’s a prick who thinks he’s better than the game.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:38 AM

      Get a grip, seriously.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Ortiz to the city of Boston:

    “This is MY effing single!”

  8. yahmule - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Of course he did.

  9. autmorsautlibertas - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Hall of Fame resume? Ortiz is not Hall-worthy. He is a busher and a bum.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Ortiz should NOT get into the HOF before Edgar Martinez…

      No way, now how…

      Edgar played the field a LOT more than Papi did/has too and we all hear about DH’s not playing the field.

      Well, they shouldn’t take a DH and put him in before another truly great hitting DH who played the field a lot more than Papi did.

      Edgar played 592 games in the field in his career.

      Papi is only at 252 games started and at 265 games total played in the field (but not the whole game)

  10. drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Sox fan here. Appreciate Ortiz, but he has to be the whiniest player in the league. Every called strike is a sulk fest. He is also the bad-body-language king of baseball.

  11. drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Agree that Edgar should be in the HoF before Ortiz. But the guy saying he was no better than Rice? That’s funny.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Jim Rice was a force to be reckoned with for years.

    • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:08 AM

      Actually, Rice is slightly ahead of Ortiz in WAR. Ortiz is a significantly better hitter, but playing outfield (even not very well) made Rice’s hitting more valuable.

  12. mikhelb - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    What could you expect from a guy who whinned and asked his boss, the Bosox owner John Henry to intercede when a Boston Globe journalist asked him about his positive test in 2003 (which he acknowledged he failed and vowed to find out why) and even was asking for said journalist to get fired because he decided to ask him an uncomfortable question.

    Hey David… you dont want uncomfortable questions about positive tests? DO NOT associate with known steroid dealers to train in the DR.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      On these troll pages, you can tell how stupid your statement is by looking at the thumbs. Your comment was embarrassingly stupid. Papi might care but he can’t hear you through his 3 World Series rings. Jealousy is such a weak emotion – you should work on that.

  13. mikhelb - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Ortiz might now have HOF worthy numbers and has the steroids/PED cloud of suspicion over his head… but you’ll see, when the time comes, ESPN will launch a big campaign to sell only the positive side of Ortiz and how he was “the best there ever was in his generation”, and I could even bet he will be sold as “a player so good he opted to be a DH to have other good players field, while sacrificing his own stellar fielding”… or something like that.

    Like what they did with Rice, embracing the whole NESN campaign, but thats what you get in a channel with so much influence and whose anchors most of them molded themselves after one of the biggest redsox PR in the media: Peter Gammons.

    Leave it to NESN?ESPN to do it.

  14. infieldhit - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Now if only someone could score all of Nickelback’s hits as errors. HBT callback!

  15. go4two - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Yankee ball washer !

  16. edelmanfanclub - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I really dont remember Ortiz ever complaining like this, but he’s been like this since I’d say the 2012 season. It’s a shame been a Sox fan forever, loved Ortiz a lot more when he was just a lovable giant, not a big baby.

    • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:12 AM

      Maybe it wasn’t as publicized, but I think even back in the day, he was known for his attitude. In one radio broadcast a long time ago, I remember Joe Castiglione saying something like “Ortiz, who has never thought a called strike against him was legitimate, glares at the umpire”.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:41 AM

        Oh well, something Joe Castiglione may or may not have almost said once is great evidence. Thank you for that.

      • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        @Moses, dude, what is your deal? I’m a Sox fan, and I like Ortiz, but he is not beyond reproach.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Then you’re a disloyal turd. Weak – bandwagon stuff. Jump off – no one needs you.

  17. infieldhit - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Ortiz seems like the kind of guy who would miss a shot on purpose in order to get a rebound for a triple double.

  18. jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Roid rage. And I’m a fan of the Red Sox, but I’m no blind homer.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      You’re a fool. You made the most idiotic comment of the day. Truly sad, lowest common denominator trolling of supposedly “your” team. If you actually call yourself a Sawks fan you can just stop, as of right now. We don’t want you, we don’t need you. Go root for some team of losers, as that would befit your personality and intellect.

  19. scoochpooch - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Classic Roid Rage.
    Shouldn’t be eligible for HOF consideration, 90+% of games played at DH.
    I know its part of baseball now but its a compromise – DH grants you a career in MLB but penalizes any chance at HOF. Fair trade.

  20. roryflyers - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Typical Boston crybaby.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Typical Philly loser. When’s the last time any team (or person for that matter) from Philly won anything? Y’all put up a statue of a fictional white boxer because there has never been an actual winner in Philly. Keep watching your VHS Rocky box set.

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Geez Moses. get a grip. Did you hit the bottle early or what?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Weak and very sad that you gave yourself an up-thumb. Way to play with yourself.

        You wake up and troll – that’s a sad way to start your day. Not much sadder than your handle though. My hero is a fictional psychopath. Pathetic.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        I wish my team would “never win anything” the way the Phillies won the World Series a few years ago. I’d sign up for that kind of failure every year.

        BTW…I see no reason to disparage every single person from Philly. Overall, it’s a lovely place. I took the train up there every day for three years when I was working at UPenn, and came to be fan of the city.

  21. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    I’m getting really tired of Ortiz’ schtick.

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