During the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Twins at Fenway, David Ortiz believed he had a base hit when his hard grounder was knocked down by Twins first baseman Joe Mauer.
The play was ruled an error and Ortiz sounded off on the decision both on the field, yelling up to scorekeeper Bob Ellis, and in the Red Sox clubhouse after the game.
This morning on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show, Cherington was asked if thought the play should have been ruled a hit or an error, and if the official scorer should favor the home team.
“When the play happened I was expecting it to be ruled a hit just because I didn’t think it was a routine play,” Cherington said. “But I think obviously, at the end of the day, what I’m most interested in is the win or the loss and so we got the win and obviously David was a big part of the win, so that’s what’s most important. We’ll see what happens with the scoring call but more importantly to us, we won the game.
Cherington was asked if Ortiz should also be more concerned with winning the game vs. calling out the official scorer while on the field and in the locker room.
“If we had not won, you don’t necessarily get the same reaction because we won the game and obviously he was a big part of winning the game maybe that provides some license to question the decision,” Cherington said. “But ultimately in a perfect world we’d just be focused on winning and that’s what we’re trying to do and we know that… look, David’s done a lot of good things for the Red Sox through the years. He’s an emotional guy. You can’t ask him to be emotional in all the best ways, which he’s been over and over without some emotion coming out in other ways, too but ultimately he’s up there in the ninth inning with the game on the line and delivers as he has so many times, and we win the game, so I guess it makes it a little bit more OK to talk about a scoring call.”
Ortiz was adamant about the ruling.
“We tie the game. We win the game. It doesn’t get any better,” he said. “But I want my hit back anyway… It’s always so hard here, man. I tell you – people are supposed to have your back at home. It never happens. It’s always like that. I’ve been here 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 – he knocked it down. I always look like I am the bad guy but they always end up changing it. Don’t just be checking on Papi. Check on the scorekeeper. See what he’s doing wrong. It’s something that … it’s getting out of control.
“What is he watching?,” Ortiz said. “He’s not watching the same ballgame that everybody is watching, I guess. I got to make it clear. It’s not my first rodeo, man. You know how hard it is to get a hit, man?”
We’ll see if this one gets reversed in favor of Ortiz.