David Ortiz Fighting
July 10, 2011 by staff
David Ortiz Fighting, When children David Ortiz asked why he was fighting Friday night, he was at a loss. “I do not know what to say,” said designated hitter for the Red Sox, “but after all you look at the whole picture, not what you really want to be involved”
Ortiz expressed regrets but no apologies for his role in the fight that began when pitcher Kevin Gregg Orioles came into it, and then cried after hitting a fly ball. Benches and bullpens emptied, and four players, including managers, were ejected.
“That’s not me,” Ortiz said before the teams met again on Saturday night. “I have not fought since he was in kindergarten. That’s not what fans come to see. That’s not part of my personality. I do not like being trapped in a situation like that. Everyone has a button that once has been touched to change your mind in a second. I guess it was my time. ”
Ortiz thinks that Gregg was trying to hit him, causing his initial response to target and walk toward the mound after three balls came his way inside. That led to an initial emptying of the banks and feathers. So when Gregg yelled running after a popup that followed, Ortiz broke.
“He started screaming at me. I will not have to like a little (expletive). Everyone is a grown man … and here you have to be aware of the situation.”
Ortiz was offended especially by comments from Gregg after the game, saying the media or their high payroll would not intimidate it.
“I’m not saying we’re better than they are,” said Ortiz. “I respect everybody around the league. Do not disrespect anyone. I do not care who you play, who you are, how long you’ve been around. That’s not me. I respect everyone of same way. And if you’re getting (back) started, there is nothing you can do but play better.
“You can not be acting stupid out there just because you are taking a beating. That is why you are taking a beating; you’re not playing the game the way it is supposed to be. Play the game the way that assumes that you’re not going to get beat. But do not blame the “You think you’re better than us” and this and that. I have many friends in the baseball team (Orioles) and I hate to be going through such a situation.
“This is horrible. But it’s not like we’re trying to show anyone. We got our (butts) began early in the season. Do not blame anybody but us. Then we started to understand things and play better. Nobody is looking over his shoulder to anyone. Play the game right and earn respect. ”
Ortiz said pitcher Brad Bergesen even called, who knocked in the game with a line drive after the game. But he is waiting to hear from headquarters.
“I know that MLB is going to take some action about it. It’s something that everyone is aware of it. It was not the one who started this. I do not believe me.”
Jeter praise Red Sox: The Red Sox were warm and fuzzy about the Yankees Derek Jeter reached the milestone of 3,000 hits on Saturday afternoon.
“I do not care how long it takes. It is an incredible achievement,” said manager Terry Francona. “The numbers speak for themselves.”
However, Francona and others are more impressed with the way Jeter behaves “the way it is done, the way he understands the game.’s a lot of what is good in baseball. He respects the game, play the right game. It makes me feel proud of the way it goes about their business. He always treats the right people and trying to beat your brains out. That’s a good way of doing things. ”
Francona said that in 2005, when he won the All-Star and Jeter did not participate, “In fact, tracked him down in Boston and went into the tunnel and said,” I wanted to do this for a long time: the fact that you’re not on the computer is annoying to me ”
Jason Varitek said, “It’s been very consistent over a long period of time. That’s why he is where he is and that will potentially be a first ballot Hall of Fame. A large part of my career is our head to head battles with the organization. It’s been hundreds and hundreds of games and very fun.”
Jonathan Papelbon said, “I think for me this season and this year is one of the highlights of Major League Baseball. I know we’ve had many problems with the equipment to get in fights, referees, etc. so I think it is a bright part of the season.
“My biggest thing (with Jeter) is not the subject matter. Are the way he plays the game and the way they compete with each other? I think the way they compete with one another built on mutual respect. I think it is a of those guys who usually likes to play against, but would like to play. ”
Josh Beckett, who left Friday’s game with a slight hyperextension of his left knee, pitched on Saturday and will throw a side session today to determine whether it can participate in the All-Star Game. The Red Sox MLB not wants to leave hanging. … Francona said he expected to hear from MLB on penalties for the fight until after the break for the All-Star. “It’s a good moment for the league.” … Kevin Youkilis, being named to the All-Star team: “It’s a great thing and I’m excited to represent the American League Boston Red Sox, and hopefully we can get on top of that game, because that could make a big thing for us on the road. I’m not a big fan of that system, but if that is what we have to decide home-field advantage, I have to go out there with the deliberate attempt to get it right “.
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