David Ortiz

David Ortiz on ejection: 'I don't feel like I did anything wrong'

Rob Bradford
June 20, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Mark it down as just another frustrating night for what has become a frustrating season for David Ortiz. Saturday night, in the seventh inning of what would result in a 7-4 Red Sox loss, Ortiz was ejected by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman. The Red Sox wasn't tossed until after he reached first base via a single off Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera. Ortiz had already taken issue with two strike calls by Dreckman during the at-bat against Herrera. And after the DH lofted his single into center field, he tossed the bat back in front of home plate. Once at first base, the talking continued between Ortiz and the umpire until finally the Red Sox' slugger suffered his second ejection of the season. "All I have to say is that this situation between players and umpires is getting to a ridiculous point," Ortiz told reporters. "And it'€™s because it seems to me it'€™s more of a feeling than reality. I'€™m an 18-year veteran in this league and when I was coming up it seems like you deserve respect because of that. But it seems like it doesn'€™t work that way anymore. "Growing up in my house I was teached that if you don'€™t respect me I don'€™t respect you, you know what I'€™m saying? That'€™s how I am. That'€™s life. You call two bad pitches on a guy that throws 100, what do you want me to do? It was pretty obvious that those two pitches were pretty bad. Not only that, I look at you, you look at me, and I tell you the guy doesn't need help and you keep giving me signals. I finally give up on you and you throw me out of the game for that? I dont know." He later added, "I want to see what the commissioner and everybody is going to tell me about because it seems like every time we are the bad guy. I dont feel like I did anything wrong." As for exactly what Ortiz said to Dreckman upon arriving at first base, the DH confirmed he was taking issue with the perceived help the ump was allowing the Kansas City flame-thrower. "I just keep on telling him that the guy on the mound doesn'€™t need any help," Ortiz told reporters. "The guy throws 100 mph. If you look at the video, that'€™s all I say, he don'€™t need no help. That'€™s all I say." The instance also opened the door for Ortiz railing against what he perceives as baseball's bigger strike zone. "I mean man this [expletive] game has changed so much," he said. "Nothing is new to me, you know what I'€™m saying? This is like, I mean, everybody keeps saying he'€™s old, he'€™s this, he'€™s that, that'€™s why he doesn'€™t hit anymore. All of a sudden I was being one of the best strike zone hitters to being one of the worst. So from day to night, it doesn'€™t work that way. It feels like every time you go into the box you have two strikes already. You can'€™t hit like that, period. You can'€™t hit like that. I'€™m facing a guy that'€™s throwing 100 mph and you'€™re going to give him two pitches. How am I going to hit? "Just look at the report. Just look at the report that everybody knows. It'€™s simple. Just look at the report. The strike zone is way too damn big. You can'€™t hit like that. Pitchers are better, yeah, but the strike zone is too damn big. You can'€™t hit like that."