The discomfort in the at-bat started when Ortiz thought umpire Tim Timmons' strike one call was ball four, leading Papi to flip the bat away. Ortiz would strike out a couple pitches later and had his say on the way to the dugout. He was actually lucky Timmons didn't throw him out there.
"It was horrible," Ortiz said on redsox.com. "People always focus on when we snap. We're not snapping every day out there, there's a reason why we snap. You always look like the bad guy — I'm not a bad guy, I'm trying to do my job. You don't take my at-bat away from me like that."
Ortiz then proceeded to truly act as childish as his quote when he smashed a dugout phone (as the visiting team, no less) with his bat, swinging it within a foot of second baseman Dustin Pedroia's head. After Ortiz went back on the field after getting ejected, Pedroia confronted him.
"Guys get frustrated, it's part of the game," said Pedroia. "I just wanted to make sure that David didn't get too bad to where he gets suspended or any of that. But no, that's part of the game."
But breaking other people's stuff and acting like a five-year-old isn't part of the game, particularly when so many kids look up to Papi for his late game heroics. If anything, he actually does deserve to be suspended.
The worst part? The Red Sox were up by five runs in the seventh. It's not like it was a pivotal point in the game.
Perhaps it was leftover roid rage from his Mitchell Report positive test, but Papi needs to get over himself. He doesn't even play in the field, so he's not a real ballplayer in the first place.
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