Ortiz Gets Mad, Really Mad

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So, the Red Sox are back in first place. They beat the Baltimore Orioles 5 to zero last night — thanks to four hits, including a home run, by David Ortiz.

It's hardly news that the Red Sox slugger can use his bat to inflict real damage on opposing teams. But Saturday night was something else altogether.

If you missed it, here's what happened.

With one out in the 7th, Ortiz thought he had ball-four on a pitch that was clearly high, but umpire Tim Timmons called it strike 1. Then Ortiz went on and struck out.

And he became so mad, that he mouthed off at the umpire, stormed back to the dug-out and used his bat and his vicious swing against a telephone, shattering bits of plastic on his stunned team mates.


Glenn Stout, veteran baseball writer.


Boston Globe "As one educator put it in an e-mail to this reporter, if a college student had done what David Ortiz did in the Red Sox dugout Saturday night when he destroyed a phone box with his bat and almost hit teammate Dustin Pedroia with it, the student might have been arrested, would have been suspended from school, and would have been asked to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to return to the classroom."

This segment aired on July 29, 2013.


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