Re: Ortiz throws a fit... destroys dugout phone with bat
posted at 7/28/2013 7:57 PM EDT
In response to miscricket's comment:
We were talking about this at the breakfast table this morning. Both son and hubbie rightly suggested that this was Ortiz' annual meltdown. With that..I agree. It seems that Ortiz has these meltdowns once every season or so..and usually when he's feeling frustrated about his performance.
However that was as far as we agreed on the matter. While they both shrugged it off I felt that his reaction was over the top..even for him. I've seen many a player throw a temper tantrum in the dugout..but never have I seen one throw a temper tantrum in the dugout while swinging a bat. He was out of control. What if he had wacked Pedroia with that bat? What if a piece of that phone injured someone? We would certainly be having a different conversation. The bottom line is that he put at least one of his teammates in harms way..and that is not what a team player does.
I am not one to pile on and have advocated for Ortiz in the past..but his behavior last night should not be excused.
Added to that..I found Ortiz' comments after the fact to be almost as disturbing as his behavior last night. He talked a lot about respect. Well..he didn't respect his teammates, he didn't respect the official, he didn't respect his coach and he didn't respect Baltimore. In fact nothing he did last night seems worthy of respect.
The officiating last night was terrible. The call was terrible..but no one took his at bat away from him. He had two additional chances at that at bat after the bad call..but he let his temper get the best of him . Is anyone in this board seriously going to suggest that Ortiz' at bat was taken away because the opportunity to pick up a walk was lost? I would hope that our DH would aspire to greater things than a base on balls while at the plate!
I would rather have seen him do his talking with the bat as he did in today's game...at the plate.
" Above all..be the heroine in your life..not the victim" Nora Ephron
Great post. I think everyone has their own take on this. Some think it's no big deal and some think he was way out of line. He did show a lack of respect for the game, his team, the fans, the O's and the ump.
Since I live outside of DC I have to watch the O's station when the sox are in baltimore. The O's announcers found his behavior to be disrespectful to the O's. He did after all vandelize their dugout, not boston's.
They said he showed the ump up because he stepped out of the box before the 4th ball was called. It is common knowledge that you don't make a move until the ump makes the call. We have all seen this happen, someone starts for first before the call is made and the ump calls a strike. More often than not the ump calls a ball a strike to send a message. We have all seen this.
Ortiz, they feel, is a bit too self centered. I think he is a bit full of himself.
Is it the end of the world? Of course not! Was I happy when he hit a home run, you bet I was! Will I continue to root for him, absolutely! Do I think he needs to tone it down, stop breaking up other teams dugouts and stop dropping the fbomb in front of kids, you betch ya!