David Ortiz is one of the faces of MLB and has been a true hero in Boston Red Sox history, with clutch hit after clutch hit and a great personality for the major market. However, it is time for “Big Papi” to grow up and stop complaining about scoring decisions! It makes him look like a non-team player even though he is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
He might have tied the game 1-1 with a solo shot in the tenth, but enough is enough already.
On Wednesday afternoon, after Joe Mauer bobbled a hot liner into the shift that allowed Ortiz to reach at first, the scorekeeper scored it as an error. The DH career hits leader looked up in the press box area and gave the scorer a thumbs down after Mike Napoli hit into an inning-ending double play.
Now, sending an appeal to the MLB offices to turn an error to a hit after a game is one thing—the 38-year-old did so in a game in which he broke up a no-hitter against Yu Darvish on a bloop that was dropped in the outfield—and is the right way to change scoring decisions. Many players do it, but it seems as if no one is more vocal about it than Ortiz.
This is already the third time in recent memory that we have heard about Ortiz complaining and demanding a scoring change. Back in 2011, he barged in on a Terry Francona press conference and demanded that he get a RBI. Sure, it was a contract year and the team was not doing well off the cusp of a World Series win, but he should’ve waited until after the game was over and not worry so much about the individual aspects of the game.
Ortiz might be the most lovable. popular athlete in Boston right now, but if he keeps up these antics, then even clubbing 30 more home runs this year might not save him from the public backlashing that whining about singles and RBI could bring upon the All-Star.