If David Ortiz Were A Horse, The Red Sox Would Probably Have To Take Him Behind The Barn And Shoot Him
It’s over, everyone. Nothing to see here, please move along.
The once-great career of David Ortiz is now officially over. Inserted back into the lineup after being given four days off by manager Terry Francona, Ortiz went hitless (0 for 3, 1 walk), often appearing “confused and overwhelmed” (at least according to the Worcester Telegram) in Boston’s 2-1 win over Toronto.
Yep, it’s time for Big Papi to pack it up, move back to the Dominican Republic and open a few low-key, but moderately successful car dealerships. I suggest Big Papi’s Pickup Palace, mostly because I’m a big fan of alliteration.
Ortiz has one hit in his last 17 at-bats and his homerless streak has now reached 147 at-bats. Even the Boston columnists are at their wits-end when trying to explain what has happened. Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley is imploring Terry Francona to move Ortiz down in the lineup, going on what he observed transpire during last night’s game:
As the night moved along, with Ortiz failing to deliver a hit in plate appearance after plate appearance after plate appearance – walk in the first, strikeout in the third, weak grounder to second in the fifth – the ovations just got louder.
By the time he came to bat in the eighth, a runner on first, the Sox holding a one-run lead, the place was roaring. The Fenway masses were on their feet and filling the joint with a “Pa-pi! Pa-pi! Pa-pi!” chant that could be heard as far away as Davis Square.
The result: Ortiz flailed at a low-and-away pitch from the Toronto Blue Jays’ B.J. Ryan, and if you listened, listened closely, you could hear some boos as Big Papi walked back to the dugout.
It certainly isn’t a good sign if the Red Sox Nation is turning on Ortiz. Usually, they reserve their spewing of vitriolic statements until the player has moved on to another team. Right, Manny?
Which brings up an interesting point. Doesn’t it seem a little odd to anyone else that Ortiz’s struggles directly coincides with Manny’s suspension? Despite Ortiz’s claims that he was “shocked” that Manny was caught taking P.E.D.’s and quotes like “that’s not the guy I know”, the timing of it all just seems a little fishy to me.
But hey, I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
Another tough night for Papi [Worcester Telegram]
Time for Terry Francona to drop David Ortiz down [The Boston Herald]
David Ortiz says Ramirez’s suspension shocked him [The Associated Press]