Posted July 27, 2013

Watch: Dugout phone suffers David Ortiz’s wrath

David Ortiz
(GIF via @theScore)

(GIF via @theScore)

With one out and none on in the seventh inning of the Red Sox’s 7-3 win over the Orioles Saturday night, David Ortiz went to a 3-0 count against the O’s Jairo Asencio. Just as the fourth pitch of the at-bat was about to be delivered, Ortiz appeared to step out of the batter’s box, but wasn’t granted time. Asencio’s pitch hit the upper inside corner of Ortiz’s abandoned strike-zone. Ortiz thought it was ball four and flipped away his bat, but home plate umpire Tim Timmons called it strike one. Asencio then got strike two called on a back-door slider and then struck out Ortiz swinging through a slider in the dirt.

On his way back the dugout, a disgusted Ortiz appeared to suggest to Timmons that the 3-0 pitch was a high as the brim of his helmet (it was belly-button high at most).

Then he did this:

That got Ortiz thrown out of the game, of course.

As you can see at the end of that GIF up top, Ortiz stormed back out on the field. He had to be restrained by his manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo, during which he threw his elbow pad out on the field.

Another thing to note is that Ortiz is wildly swinging a bat in anger in a dugout and sending shrapnel flying in the direction of the Red Sox’s new $100 million man Dustin Pedroia. When Ortiz returned to the dugout, Pedroia, who shoots him the evil eye toward the end of the GIF, grabbed his teammate by his jersey and tried to get in his face to calm him down. Ortiz’s reaction was to hold his hand way over his head to show how high that belly-high strike had been.

Something tells me that by the time Ortiz’s grandkids find out about the time he went crazy on a dugout phone, that pitch will have hit the backstop on the fly.

25 comments
amazingdragons
amazingdragons

What an IDIOT!  It's safe to say the phone the commish's office will use to contact David (can you hear me now) Ortiz will let him know he is suspended with a hefty fine.  I hope JOHN HENRY or somebody in the executive suite makes a statement referencing this temper tantrum.  Ortiz, obviously needs ANGER MANANGEMENT classes. Ortiz showed no awareness to his fellow teammates, whom he could have injured critically. Stupid is,  stupid does!    

iclasticons
iclasticons

What happened at the plate is irrelevant. What happened in the dugout is inexcusable. At the least, Ortiz should be suspended and fined substantially by Boston. At worst, the Red Sox should be banned for eternity. Yes, I am a Yankees fan and I also USED TO BE an Ortiz fan.

puckettwx
puckettwx

You guys arguing Ortiz was out of the batter's box might want to look again. Ortiz stepped back, but he was clearly still in the box when the pitch hit the catcher's mitt. Ortiz's reaction is inexcusable, but so is the call. Timmons  just had it out for Ortiz. He didnt want him to walk because he was taking all the way. Ortiz WAS still in the box, though, so the truth is, Timmons called a strike on a 3-0 pitch above the letters.

AnnabelLee
AnnabelLee

Been watching them play Orioles this weekend and have never seen so much whining by one team.  Big Wimpi is only one of many whiners on that team, although he is certainly the biggest.

MrArlington
MrArlington

This dude has serious mental issues that he needs to work out. This is not normal behavior and it will lead to vandalism charges in almost every other career path.

chasindreams
chasindreams

Ortiz has a very narrow idea about respect. All about him. What about respect for property? Would have been bad enough if he had his tirade in Fenway but in a visiting stadium? Respect for other people? Nope. He could have seriously hurt someone (One of his OWN team no less). I am amazed no one did get hit with flying shrapnel or taken out on one of his backswings. Respect for the umpires? He talks about the umpires having to respect him. Hey Papi, it's a two way street. After the ump called the strike (correctly so) when he stepped out late, he tosses the bat in disgust. I'm amazed he didn't get thrown out right then. I've seen others thrown out for less. Ortiz is like a two year old throwing a tantrum when he doesn't get his way. Always has been. Only difference is he's a very BIG two year old and potentially dangerous one at that. He needs some anger management therapy though it didn't work for Milton Bradley come to think of it.

BobChristy
BobChristy

Time for a rules check. Ortiz was out of the batter's box when the pitch was delivered. The pitch is an automatic strike. Doesn't matter if it was high or low or it if it bounced. It's a strike. Don't know why the umpire didn't grant him time unless the pitcher had already come to a complete stop. Timmons should have granted him time. Ortiz should have shown a little class and not taken it out on the O's dugout. 

David46
David46

Has there been a recent high dose visit to biogenesis or something?

frank.chatham
frank.chatham

He dropped his hands before the ball left the pitcher's hand so HE was disrespected when the ump called a strike!!

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Nice for monkey boy to swing a bat around his team mates. what a pathetic p.o.s. he has become.  All fluffy when he wins and acts like a &^%* when he doesn't get his way...just like the rest of his kind

Bonnie G
Bonnie G

Sorry you were "disrespected" but, if you want to destroy property in the future, leave property at the Orioles' Camden Yards Stadium alone and destroy your own Red Sox property, you jerk!  Personally, I say, "This is what Steroids look like."  Ortiz looked like a freaking maniac last night and the Red Sox were fortunate that no one was injured in their dugout.  So, MLB, what is the penalty going to be?  And, who pays for the damage?  Stay classy, Ortiz!!  (Sorry, I wouldn't want to "disrespect" a supposed professional.)

Butch6
Butch6

How old are you again? Six? Grow up.

Tom52
Tom52

Looks like Ortiz is having a fit of 'roid rage.

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

Clearly a ball. Does Cliff Corcoran work for the Yankees, or just hate David Ortiz? Great... reporting.

xGen7
xGen7

Geeze, Pap, chill out. You're having a good season, no need to go Hulk.

Michael22
Michael22

Childish BS from Ortiz. You have to know 3-0 anything close is a strike, and striking him out after the 3-1 count still takes two great pitches including a 3-2 slider that fools Ortiz completely. 

His backswing on the 3rd smash and follow-through almost brained a teammate and then coach, if I am the Red Sox this is a fine and suspension regardless of the MLB viewpoint.  In 2003, an NFL player was out for the season after a locker room axe-chopping incident. If the ferocity of that swing catches someone in the head, it could be goodbye 2013 season for a Boston player just as easily. Even my Sawks-Nation buddy had no defense for that - Ortiz could really hurt the team with such selfish insanity. 

puckettwx
puckettwx

@BobChristy Might want to look again. He stepped back on the pitch, but was still in the box when the pitch hit the mitt. 

MikeKing
MikeKing

@Bonnie G I am guessing he gets 5 games and he will pay the bill.  What is it going to cost $2K?  Chump change to him.  

joe6647
joe6647

@Michael22 That 3-0 pitch wasnt even close.  Ump just called it strike because Ortiz took a step back before the pitch reached the plate lol

MikeKing
MikeKing

 Was not even close?  By letter of the rules, it was a strike.  It was below the letters. Yes I know today's umpires consider it only to be belt to the knees, but the idiot fat boy shows it was around his eyes and it was below the letters.