David Ortiz would like to see some home cooking when it comes to scoring decisions. The Red Sox slugger thought he should have been given a hit on a liner that ate up Twins first baseman Joe Mauer on Wednesday, but the Fenway official scorer thought differently and gave Mauer an error, robbing Papi of a knock.
That is not okay by Papi, not by a long shot. He complained after the game (via The Boston Globe):
People are supposed to have your back at home, and 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.
The scorer sent down their ruling on the error while Papi was still on base. When the inning ended, Papi threw a thumbs-down at the press box to express his disgust. He spent the next half inning glaring at the scorekeeper from the dugout.
Despite the intimidation tactics, the official scorer refused to budge. They refused to give Papi the hit he so richly deserved.
Papi isn’t going to let this go either. “Got to make it clear,” he raged after the game. “It’s not my first rodeo, man. You know how hard it is to get a hit, man?”
Advice for the Fenway scorekeeper: bring a buddy if you take a pee break or hit the concession stand. Papi might have someone waiting for you. That is one angry dude. He really wanted that hit.