Ortiz not a fan of Boston's official scorers

Ortiz not a fan of Boston's official scorers
June 18, 2014, 6:00 pm
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BOSTON - David Ortiz's frown turned upside down in the 10th inning when he hit the game-tying home run around Pesky pole.

But how would he sum up the game to that point? Two thumbs down.

In fact, Ortiz was so frustrated that he actually gave the thumbs down during the game . . . to the official scorer way up in the press box.

It was the 7th inning, and Ortiz had just ripped a hard ground ball to the first base side, where Joe Mauer knocked it down but couldn't stay with it. Ortiz was safe at first base in what was ruled . . . an error.

Uh oh.

Big Papi doesn't like when his hits are ruled errors - we know this. And sure enough, we got another glimpse of it when the inning ended.

Ortiz stood out near first base, and stared up at the press box where the official scorer sits. He was angry, and he wanted everybody to know it. That's when he gave a thumbs down sign up this way at the official scorer.

He was wondering where the hometown love was - and he's been wondering for a while.

"It's always so hard here, man," Ortiz said after the game about his anger involving the official scoring of the play. "I'll tell you, people are supposed to have your back at home, and it never happens. It's always like that. I've been here over more than a decade, and the scorekeepers here are always horrible. This is home man, what else do you want Mauer to do? He dove for the ball and knocked it down.

"I always look like I am the bad guy, but [Major League Baseball] always ends up changing it. So it's not like the league is checking on Papi; check on the scorekeeper, see what he's doing wrong. It's something that's getting out of control."

Ortiz was not apologetic for perhaps an "error" in judgment by making a scene on the baseball field during the game instead of waiting for after.

"I got to make it clear. It's not my first rodeo, man," he said.

John Farrell wasn't concerned about it either.

"No. You know, he's at a stretch where he's working on some things mechanically at the plate," Farrell said. "Certainly there's some frustration that comes to the surface. You get a chance to talk to him once things calm down. But David's a competitor, as we all know. The ultimate competitor. So he's working through some things right now."

And it was very obvious in the 10th inning that Ortiz didn't let the frustration of the 7th inning negatively affect his next at-bat. The man did hit a home run, so it's hard to criticize. He said he was not thinking about it in that next at-bat.

"There's nothing I can do about the at-bat before," Ortiz said. "I gotta go out there at the time and try to make things happen. In the [10th] inning, down by a run, you gotta make it happen."

Ortiz did make it happen, and there was no denying the scoring on that play: home run.

Two thumbs up, Papi.