David Ortiz epic meltdown after argument with umpire

Aye, Papi: Ortiz has epic meltdown after strikeout

7/28/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - David Ortiz epic meltdown after argument with umpireIf the whole 'roid rage' thing is legit, Red Sox DH David Ortiz might be casting some serious suspicion on himself in this witch-hunt era of Major League Baseball.

I kid, I kid. This story has absolutely nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs, and honestly I wouldn't care if Ortiz was shooting up with anabolic horse testosterone anyway. As long as he's a productive member of the Red Sox lineup, I'm cool with him.

That having been said, Ortiz had a pretty epic meltdown in last night's game, resulting in him getting ejected from the game after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Timmons called two pitches strikes, when Ortiz believed they were well outside the strike zone.

Blog Photo - David Ortiz epic meltdown after argument with umpireThe two pitches in question are pitches number 4 and 5 in this illustration to the right, courtesy of NESN's pitch animator. As you can see, pitcher Jairo Asencio was a bit wild against Ortiz, and two pitches were called strikes even though they were pretty clearly outside the strike zone.

The at-bat ended when Ortiz actually swung at a ball considerably below the strike zone, resulting in a third and final strike. Perhaps he thought it was a good pitch, or perhaps he just decided that he had to swing no matter where the pitch was, based on some of the pitches that Timmons had already called a strike.

Regardless, Ortiz had a few words with Timmons on his way back to the dugout, where he proceeded to smash the bullpen phone with his bat and then come out of the dugout to yell at Timmons some more, at which point he was restrained by manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo.

Obviously Ortiz was ejected from the game, but there's no word yet on whether he'll receive further punishment from either MLB or the team.

Here's an animated gif of Ortiz trying to smash the bullpen phone with his bat:
Blog Photo - David Ortiz epic meltdown after argument with umpire

And here's the full video of the incident:
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7/28/13   |   michaelandrea1

(Edited by michaelandrea1)

Incompetence should not be tolerated in any profession. They were balls and Ortiz had a case - he pitched a fit yes, but what recourse does he have? Timmons, your an idiot.

7/28/13   |   Jess   |   35098 respect

Hah! That is awesome. While I don't condone the fit, I can certainly understand his frustration. Timmons is awful. We've had him for a couple of M's games, and I swear to god his strike zone looks like a pretzel.

7/28/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I was at the game, so I saw the argument with the ump and him I think throwing his helmet. I missed the bashing of the phone though. That was glorious.

7/28/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

No witch hunts MLB players have brought this on themselves...acting like a 6 year old.. breaking things...you break your phone at work... or home... like that?????