David Ortiz DESTROY Dugout Phone After Strikeo...
David Ortiz's temper reared its head on Saturday night as the Boston Red Sox took on the Baltimore Orioles.
The designated hitter struck out in the seventh inning and was apparently upset over a strike call earlier in the at-bat on a 3-0 pitch. Ortiz had appeared to step out of the box but had not been granted time on the pitch from Jairo Asencio. Ortiz thought the pitch was a ball and flipped his bat away, thinking he had drawn a walk, but it was called a strike by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Two pitches later, Ortiz struck out.
After making a gesture or two towards Timmons to show that he felt one of the strikes in the at-bat was very high, Ortiz returned to the dugout and that appeared to be the end of it.
But Big Papi was still fired up and preceded to take out his frustrations on the dugout phone.
Ortiz smashed his bat against the phone in the corner of the visitor's dugout. Teammate Dustin Pedroia was shown covering his head with a towel to protect himself as the bat shattered into pieces. Pedroia later got in Ortiz's face about what had just happened. Pedroia said after the game that his message to Ortiz was to calm down, telling reporters, "he's the biggest part of our lineup. We can't lose David for one game." The Red Sox second baseman also added, "I'm sure it looked pretty funny, the smallest guy out there going at it with the biggest guy."
Ortiz was ejected and then stormed up the dugout steps towards home plate before manager John Farrell intercepted him. Ortiz tried to get past his manager but eventually the slugger returned to the dugout, but no before throwing some of his protective batting gear in the direction of home plate.
After the game, Ortiz told reporters that he felt the call on the 3-0 pitch was "the worst call of the year." Farrell said the pitch was high.
The Red Sox won the game, 7-3, but Ortiz will surely be hearing from the league office sometime soon.