David Ortiz: ‘The scorekeepers here are always horrible’
|06.18.14 at 5:59 pm ET|
In the latest show of disagreement with a scorekeeper (and there have been others), the designated hitter yelled up at the press box and gave a thumbs down in the direction of scorekeeper Bob Ellis after Ellis ruled a play on which Ortiz reached an error.
The play occurred in the bottom of the seventh, when Ortiz hit a ball toward first base that Joe Mauer was unable to handle. The play was followed up by a Mike Napoli inning-ending double play, but Ortiz was more upset with not being credited with the hit than the Sox failing to capitalize late in a scoreless game.
Even after tying the game with a solo shot in the 10th inning, Ortiz wasn’t done showing his frustration with not getting the hit.
“It’s always so hard here, man,” Ortiz said after he and Napoli hit back-to-back shots to win the game. “I thought they were supposed to have your back at home, and it never happens. 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.
“What do you want Mauer to do? He dove for the ball and knocked it down. I always look like I am the bad guy, but they always end up changing it. Don’t be just checking on Papi, check on the scorekeeper. See what he’s doing wrong. It’s something that’s getting out of control.”
When asked what he was yelling to the scorekeeper, Ortiz responded, “What is he watching? He’s not watching the same ball game that everybody’s watching, I guess.”
The bigger issue there, of course, was that he showed his disagreement when he did and the way he did. Still, Ortiz said it was necessary to voice his opinion right then and there.
“I’ve got to make it clear,” Ortiz said. “It’s not my first rodeo, man.”
The good news for the Sox was that the ordeal found its way out of Ortiz’ mind for at least a few seconds, as he used his next at-bat to tie the game after the Sox had fallen behind in the 10th inning.
“David’s got such a way of putting behind him what happened and coming back the next at-bat with a clean slate and a calm mind,” John Farrell said.
The last month has seen Ortiz’ average fall from .303 to the .246 clip at which it currently stands.
“He’s in a stretch where he’s working on some things mechanically at the plate,” Farrell said. “Certainly there’s some frustration that comes to the surface. … David’s a competitor, as we all know. … He’s working through some things right now.”
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