It took six days, but David Ortiz was awarded an RBI, after Major League Baseball overruled official scorer Charles Scroggins who denied Big Papi a second run batted in on a single from last week that scored two runs.
The reasoning behind the call was that Kevin Youkilis, who scored the second run on the play, was given the stop sign by the third base coach until Cleveland Indians left fielder Austin Kearns bobbled the ball. Youkilis was then sent home, scoring the second run on the play.
The only reason I mention this tedious bit of ridiculousness is that Ortiz interrupted a pregame press conference with Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona the next day to say some bad words about scorekeepers.
But there’s more to the story than just misguided angst. What is it that got Ortiz, generally a cool customer, all hot and bothered about a measly RBI, the value of which is as outdated as butter churning skills in marriage prospects?
Well, it seems that Red Sox chuckle brother Dustin Pedroia was pulling off a bit of a prank at Ortiz’s expense. According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE:
Pedroia told Ortiz that John Henry and Theo Epstein ordered the official scorer to take away Ortiz’s RBI in an effort to keep Ortiz’s stat totals low and therefore give him less leverage when it comes time to negotiate a new contract.
Contract negotiations, or rather the lack thereof, have been a sensitive issue recently for Ortiz, who overreacted, looked foolish, but in the end, got his precious run batted in.
And The Rest
The Toronto Blue Jays will have new uniforms next year that will apparently incorporate the colour red. I’m sure that’s just Canadian patriotism shining through and has nothing to do with the branding of their owners, Rogers Communications. In other news, instead of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team will now be referred to as Rogers Baseball Operations.
Back-to-back bad outings for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is leading some to believe that he may in fact be human.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Papelbon continues to be dominant.
Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields pitched his eighth complete game of the season, shutting out the Kansas City Royals. Only four entire teams have more complete games this season, outside of the Rays.
Milwaukee Brewers lefty Chris Narveson would do well not to play with scissors.
Despite last night’s loss, the D-Train appears to be back on track.
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has now hit safely in 30 straight games.
Chien-Ming Wang got his first win since 2009 last night.
Lyle Overbay has been released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This man is taking a stand against standing up and waving.
Well respected, former Los Angeles Angels scouting director Eddie Bane finally opens up about his firing by Tony Reagins.
Today in getting the wrong message: Why do people hate Michael Young so much, anyway?
Baseball in Quebec is alive and well.
Larry Bernandez is back:
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