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David Ortiz blasts Jim Palmer over critical tweets: 'All of sudden, he's killing me, huh?'

Mike Petraglia
April 20, 2015 - 12:33 pm
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David Ortiz has a bone to pick with Jim Palmer. The hall of fame pitcher and long time Orioles broadcaster criticized David Ortiz on Twitter Sunday after he flipped his bat and dropped it at the plate after a check-swing that was call strike two by third base umpire Jerry Meals. Meals yelled at Ortiz long distance and Ortiz returned the favor. When home plate umpire John Tumpane (filling in for Paul Emmel) interceded, Ortiz got in Tumpane's face and was ejected. Palmer tweeted: FINALLY Oritz gets tossed with hashtags that included #ZipitOrtiz and #disrespectful. Then, early Monday, Palmer tweeted another not-so thinly veiled shot at Ortiz: O's fans: Marathon day in Boston. What's the over under on Ortiz going 9? Ortiz, asked about Palmer by ESPN's Gordon Edes after Monday's rain-shortened 7-1 win, didn't hold back. "Actually, I thought he was one of my guys," Ortiz said. "All of sudden, he's killing me, huh? I guess anybody who want to get paid, make some noise and come to Papi, right? All right." Edes then attempted to provide some perspective and context to the tweet on behalf of Palmer, suggesting Palmer wasn't hating on Ortiz. "Oh no?," Ortiz said, before offering some advice to Palmer, "I don't need your help. [If] he wants me to respect him, it ain't going to happen."

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