Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz decided to go all Hulk on a dugout phone on Saturday night after arguing a call with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Ortiz was ahead of the count 3-0 when Timmons called back-to-back strikes, both on pitches Ortiz felt were obviously high. Ortiz struck out on the next pitch and then launched his attack on the phone, an action that earned him an ejection.
Ortiz redeemed himself on Sunday, hitting a two-run homer in the third inning and then miming another assault on the poor phone in jest. Ortiz spoke afterwards about the calls, saying the one that occurred on the 3-0 pitch “may have been the worst call of the year” (ESPN).
When I’m walking away, I’m telling him he was acting like he was right about the call. No, he wasn’t. He wasn’t right. Don’t be giving me that BS. If you miss it, tell me you missed it and I’ll walk away. I don’t have a problem with that.
You’re not perfect. You’re human, you know what I’m saying. But don’t act like you made the right call. It was ball four.
Manager John Farrell said he doesn’t believe any further disciplinary is warranted for Ortiz’s outburst, though the phone did leave a note for Ortiz asking him to dial his anger back next time.