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David Ortiz credited with hit on contested call from last week; apologizes for his actions

Jun 23, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

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Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went out of his way to complain about a scoring decision last Wednesday after a ball that he hit to Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was ruled as an error instead of a single. This led to MLB executive vice president Joe Torre issuing a strongly-worded statement in response to Ortiz, basically telling him to show some respect and professionalism. Well, in the latest (and hopefully the last) twist in this story, official scorer Bob Ellis changed his call today and awarded him a hit.

While Ortiz got his wish in the long run, there’s little doubt that he went about the entire thing in the absolute worst way. That’s why he issued a public apology while talking to reporters prior to tonight’s game against the Mariners. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald has part of his comments:

“All I have to say is I know I owe an apology to MLB, Mr. Joe Torre, even the scorekeeping guys,” Ortiz said before the Red Sox opened their three-game series against the Mariners. “I know that I had frustration come out that way, and that’s not what you really want. You don’t want things to be like that and everything. But this has been a season already that has been jam-packed with frustration. At the end of the day, our job is based on results. I sit down and watch that TV every night after the game and I go 0-for-4, and all people talk and bitch about is why I’m not hitting .300. We are a family that of course needs to protect each other. The whole week has been about me protecting over a hit. There’s a lot of people mad at me because I argued something that I didn’t think I should get. I don’t blame them. I’m not apologizing just because I got that result. It’s because the message was spread out based on frustration. That’s why I’m apologizing.”

For what it’s worth, the Red Sox were planning to appeal the call on behalf of Ortiz, but Ellis changed the ruling before they had a chance to do so.

  1. wilmyers09 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    ortiz always gets what he wants

    • jeffbbf - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      He said he owed an apology to everyone, but I didn’t see where he actually apologized.

  2. infieldhit - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    “I sit down and watch that TV every night after the game and I go 0-for-4, and all people talk and bitch about is why I’m not hitting .300.”

    Whatever happened to the cliche about not worrying about what people think or say about you? And doesn’t squabbling to get credit for each and every hit just make you look desperate?

    • dinofrank60 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      Because you can’t escape it now, one of our favorite sports is telling people what to do with their lives.

  3. jre80 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    It’s ok papi. Once the roid use stops you won’t have to keep apologizing for the same childish actions you perform on the field.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Too bad there aren’t steroids that can fix your kind of stupid. Nothing can fix your kind of stupid.

  4. renaado - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    “Actions speak louder than words”

  5. Caught Looking - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    At least he didn’t try to tell us his comments were taken out of context.

    • infieldhit - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      I was expecting some variation on the now-standard “I’m just so competitve!” excuse, and I guess that’s what we got.

      “What were you thinking when you beat the pitcher to death with your bat?”
      “I’m just so competitive!”

  6. miguelcairo - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Wow, way to give the baby what he wants.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      You’re the biggest, whiniest baby on these comments. You’re thin skinned, stupid and mean. Kind of a trifecta of comment worthlessness. Go away.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        LOL @ butthurt Red Sox fan.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        You, you’re a garden variety moron. Too stupid to even troll effectively.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Nah, just not wasting any brain cells on a Red Sox troll who goes through comments and attacks anyone who dares to say anything bad about their lord and savior David Ortiz. Why didn’t you dive bomb my comment? Four paragraphs too exhausting for you?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        I respect your effort, if not the quality of your thinking. I went after the lowest common denominator. Congratulations on being one-half of a branch higher on the evolutionary tree.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        If you mean one step higher than a blind, egomaniacal apologist fanboy who blindly defends his hero in the face of overwhelming evidence that said hero, despite his gifts, is a bullying tool, thank you.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Now you’re trying too hard.

      • dangle13x - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Ha, listen to your nonsense guy. Every piece of drivel you finger punch into the keyboard is biting, rude, and belittling. Boston strong huh buddy?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        go troll some more shallow waters – you’re way out of your depth here. really sad effort.

      • dangle13x - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Thin skinned, stupid, and mean…. Based on your embarrassing rants and angry rebuttals, I’d say you’re projecting.

      • dangle13x - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Wow. So have you been sitting here for the last 3 hours waiting for someone to pounce on? You sorry little mouth breather. Priceless. Have fun arguing with your shadow you typical NE white trash.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Pathetic insult-hurling troll. White trash? Now who’s projecting? Lol.

      • dangle13x - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Honestly, I don’t know why I waste my time on bottom feeders like you. It’s obvious you are not the kind of guy that would admit when he is wrong or apologize for maybe saying something in the heat of the moment. No, not you. You are the smartest guy on the message board, you and every other Neanderthal with an opinion and a Dell. Keep beating the internet one message board post at a time you miserable sack of garbage.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        I don’t know why you keep trying when you’re so out-matched, but please, by all means. At first your confidence got the best of you. Now you know you can’t win and you keep coming back to hurl childish insults.

        I’m here all the time. miguelcairo is a total creep – he only ever shows up to troll. I stand by that assessment because it’s fact-based.

        You are that guy in a football game who jumps last on top of a large pile wayyy after the whistle has blown. You don’t know what you’re talking about, you struggle to use grown-up vocabulary and debate. It’s sad, but keep coming, fool. I’ll be waiting.

  7. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Wait a minute. That’s an apology? If you can make anything out of that scrambled mess of a statement, it seems to be a double down on his resentment over the original ruling. “We are a family that of course needs to protect each other.” Really? Who has he ever gone out of his way to protect?

    Can someone explain to me the lifetime free pass this guy has gotten from the media, the league, and just about everyone in baseball? He has done nothing but bitch about his contract (s), whine about how he is being disrespected, call out lower level employees who he doesn’t feel are showing him the proper amount of respect, and cause issues with other teams with his home run showboating.

    Baseball fans can squawk all they want about character and attitude, but this guy has shown none of either. Unless, apparently, funny commercials and a packaged image count for character these days.

    The guy has been great on the field, and if that’s all that matters, fine. But I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with how “great” a guy he is because he smiles at the camera and talks about giving a rat’s a** about Boston, a city he threatens to leave virtually every off season.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      Man, did you ever just nail it.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Three championships. Two of them, he was the postseason’s most valuable player.

      So, yeah, you get a pass on being a jerk when that happens. It’s not complex.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        Shallow and hypocritical as hell, but not complex. I agree.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        It’s not shallow to want your team to win. Winning is the whole point. It’s why they keep score and give out a trophy at the end.

        I assure you — whatever team you root for, there are jerks on there.

      • infieldhit - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Since when does having an error changed to a hit affect whether your team wins or loses?

      • clydeserra - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        no, no you don’t

    • theskinsman - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Because he’s been that damn good his whole time in a Red Sox uniform. Go stuff yourself with your bullspit idea of character. It amazes me how halfwits like you watch a few selected video clips and read a few blogs and make up your tiny mind you actually ‘know’ these players.
      All fans really know is results on the field. Papi delivers, period. And everything else is opinion, which like buttholes everyone has and they all stink.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        So that’s all that matters? “His whole time” in a Red Sox uniform? And *poof* 2009 is gone.

      • theskinsman - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Like a wrist injury doesn’t impact swinging a bat? You’re beyond help.

  8. dinofrank60 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Let the fans scream and yell, MLB can’t do anything about that! Everybody else, shut up, says Joe!

  9. coffeeblack95616 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:34 AM

    Ortiz should say, “I take full responsibility for my actions” (just like athletes and politicians) and then do nothing more (just like athletes and politicians).

  10. coffeeblack95616 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    “Theees is our foooocking stateesteecks”

  11. mikhelb - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:42 AM

    He is not apologizing, he clearly said he is sorry this whole issue was vented by the media out of “frustation” that he is not hitting and they (Red Sox) are struggling.

    As fans we should give a sh¡t, but it is fair that if a player gets demonized by his behaviour (aka aRod), another one who has done worse things in the playing field, like Ortiz menacing an official boxscorer, gets a free pass whenever he whines.

  12. matt14gg - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    What a disgrace that the official scorer changed the call. And as usual Ortiz gave the non-apology apology.

    • theskinsman - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      The disgrace was the original error call. And Torre has a lot of dementia for forgetting that statue he had at SS never got an error, or missed getting a ‘hit’ by the scorers in the Bronx.

      • dangle13x - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Insufferable Red Sox fans doing what they do best.

      • theskinsman - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Calling things as I see them. Sorry if I’m not on the kiddie train chanting for Ortiz’s head with the other sheep.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        yes, the original call was a disgrace… BUT so was Papi’s reaction…

        One event does NOT preclude the other from being a disgrace.

        So yes, you are correct that the original call was a disgrace.

        But, when things like that happen (and they DO happen in the game), it does not give you a right to act like that yourself.

        Oh, in addition his behavior being a disgrace after that call, his non apology apology was a disgrace too…

        So, he “won” – he had two disgraceful events to the scorekeeper’s one disgraceful event.

      • theskinsman - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        As long as he can lead the team in slugging and win them a few games,I couldn’t care less how bad his manners are.

  13. schreibdave - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    I predict that the official box score for Boston home games is going to show that Ortiz bats 1.000 for the rest of the season.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I predict you’re wrong.

  14. jrob23 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    I was genuinely surprised this wasn’t a Craig article. Big Papi seems to be getting the Yasiel Puig benefit of the doubt when it comes to people defending him for being an idiot. As a sox fan it’s embarrassing.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      As a Sox fan you’re embarrassing. David Ortiz is far from an idiot – that’s your area.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Yeah, Papi’s not an idiot…

        He’s a moron actually.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        Taking cheap shots at people you don’t know is fun for you? That says a lot more about you than it does about David Ortiz.

      • miguelcairo - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        Damn what’s up your fanny today?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:15 AM

        F T Haters

    • theskinsman - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      The disgrace was the original error call. And Torre has a lot of dementia for forgetting that statue he had at SS never got an error, or missed getting a ‘hit’ by the scorers in the Bronx.

      @jrob- you’re as much a sox fan as i’m an A-roid fan. Maybe you want your teams’ slugger to not care about his production. I don’t care if Ortiz flips off your Mom on the way to the plate, as long as he produces.

      • jrob23 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        I appreciate the Pedroias of the world over Ortiz. Yes, I am a die hard fan but that doesn’t mean I have to be a homer or such a fanboy I can’t admit that Papi has been a d bag on several occasions over the years. He gets a pass because he is gregarious and for the most part backs up his antics with production. But after all these years of watching him you can tell he’s a diva. The way he watches his homers, always has something to say or complain about and let’s not forget his ties to PED. Maybe you and others can turn a blind eye but I can’t. So I appreciate the heroics and production but I don’t like the person. What’s the problem with that?

      • theskinsman - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        No problem.I’m a lifer Red Sox fan, and have been so long that I didn’t care that Jim Rice whined,and don’t remotely care that Ortiz does now and then. All I can do is root for them to win, and not turn on them in lost seasons like this one like a bunch of bandwagon yanks fans.

  15. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    This is not an apology. It shifts blame onto a frustrating season, and even somehow manages to blame the media. “I only care about my stats because you don’t stop talking about them.” Which is all total bull. Let’s not forget the day this happened he had a game winning hit. So all anyone was talking about was that one game winning hit. He’s the only one who looked at this at bat. Also, he reaffirmed his belief that the scorer should have given him what he wants because they are all a “family”. And to top it all off, the scorer caved and gave the brat what he wanted int he first place, which only served to reaffirm his poor behavior. Someone should whack him on the nose with a newspaper.

  16. rbj1 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    “even the scorekeeping guys”

    Wow, way to thank all the little people.

  17. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Giving in to that mindless child will only teach him to throw more temper tantrums.

  18. annapterp - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Ortiz always has been and always will be….classless. For some reason the national media talks this guy up like he’s something special. He’s a fraud.

  19. coffeeblack95616 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Who are the morons defending Ortiz in this action? The guy is a great HOF baseball player who is the typical self-centered millionaire pro athlete who doesn’t care about most people. Big deal. But the simpletons who are dying to defend a guy who has no clue they exist and could care less about them is comical.
    Simply summarized: pro athlete behaves like immature kid. Same story that keeps repeating itself on a daily basis. This time the kid’s name is David Ortiz.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Well, a couple of the morons are on here posting in his defense…

      one Mr Ron is theskinsman

      another Mo Ron is unclemosesgreen

  20. coffeeblack95616 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Only an idiot could think it’s logical to criticize those who are bothered by a celebrity’s boorish behavior. The guy behaved like a jerk. As a pro athlete, he is pandered to and adored by fans and gets the privacy his millions can buy. When someone that spoiled acts like a jerk, he should be called out for it.
    Of course, most people are too simple to discriminate between cheering for a jerk and cheering for a team. If the guy were to insult their own child, these moron fans would probably agree that their child deserved the insult!
    Be a smart fan and consider why you root for a player or team! If this is a one-time occurrence, rip him and then let it go. But if he continues to be a self-centered jerk, quit cheering the guy. Have some standards as a fan.

  21. coffeeblack95616 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Amusing how a simpleton thinks honest criticism of a report and direct quote from a player is a “cheap shot”. As if Ortiz even reads anything people post here. Come on buddy, show some thought and common sense.

  22. coffeeblack95616 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    You’re more than that. Rooting for grown men paid to play baseball is not “all you can do.” You can discriminate between good guys and jerks. Ortiz could be either, and with the media criticizing him perhaps he can be reflective and be a better person for it.
    But the arbitrary nature of rooting for geography and laundry is just that. One can be more than just an all-accepting fan.

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