Big Papi goes ballistic
Via the NY Post:
Don’t tell David Ortiz he is in a slump already.
The Red Sox slugger went off on reporters last night, who questioned him about his 0-for-7 start at the plate.
“Good,” he said, turning to face the reporters encircling him. “You guys wait till [expletive] happens, then you can talk [expletive]. Two [expletive] games, and already you [expletives] are going crazy,” Ortiz said following a 6-4 loss to the Yankees, according to ESPN.com.
Ortiz’s average was below .200 until the middle of June last season and Boston’s DH is apparently sensitive to suggestions that 2010 will start in the same fashion.
“What’s up with that, man? [Expletive]. [Expletive] 160 games left,” Ortiz said. “That’s a [expletive]. One of you [expletives] got to go ahead and hit for me.”
You know, I really can’t blame the guy for reacting this way. Every bad at-bat basically furthers the perception that he is cooked as a ballplayer. Ortiz’s career is literally dependent on each swing and every home run hit (or not hit, in this case). That is an awfully heavy load made even heavier by the inquisitive Boston media. To be honest, I would probably be bothered by the questions, too, and perhaps I would offer a similar response (they have a right to ask him about his situation, but he has the right to respond as he wishes). After all, there’s only so much a person can take.
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