Apparently on Monday, Ortiz took offense to something said in the media, although nobody's really sure what.
His anger led to a patented Big Papi rant that we've seen in the past, say last year when he burst into Terry Francona's press conference, upset about a ruling made by the official scorer?
“I don’t give a [expletive] if they want to call me a leader. I don’t give a [expletive] if they want to call me a captain. I don’t give a [expletive] if they call me either of them."--Just part of the comments from Gordon Edes' column.
This expletive filled outburst to ESPN's Gordon Edes has garnered attention from many questioning what the hell David Ortiz is talking about. They want to know how the highest paid player at his position is disrespected and blah blah. Really it's just another story for the media to build upon and make these Red Sox look like self-entitled jerks.
Since the beer and chicken side show of 2011, the local and even national media have slammed the Sox on seemingly a weekly basis. It's old, these guys are playing good baseball right now. Even last night's 4-1 loss had another quality start mixed in. What the hell is going on around here?
Haven't we witnessed this sorta thing before? The Boston Globe says its "out of character", but is it really? Haven't we just learned to deal with these random outbursts from Big Papi and perhaps even come to like them because it fuels something inside the big man to perform at a higher level?
It's his motivation. When people doubt David Ortiz, he proves them wrong. He did it in '09, he did it in '10 and '11, he'll do it again in '12. Let's not make such a big deal over this. The boys are playing well, let's talk about that for a change.
Follow John Green on Twitter and like The Yawkey Report on Facebook!