If you’ve never seen the video of former Kansas City Royals player George Brett‘s reaction after being called out following a questionable ‘out’ call for using too much pine tar on his bat, you need to. The crazy thing about Brett being called out was the fact it was following a huge home run.
Brett was later given back the home run, but it was the reaction of Brett that garnered all of the attention. He sprinted back onto the field after hearing the call and showed rage and spirit that fans love to see on occasion.
Well, Saturday night had the same type of fireworks from David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. The 37-year-old designated hitter was called out on a questionable strike three call that he clearly did not agree with against the Baltimore Orioles. What did he do after that? How about smashing the phone in the dugout that is used for making calls to the press box. Seems about right. Watch it here:
Why would you ever want to mess with a guy who’s 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds on a good day, you silly little dugout phone. Clearly the phone should have known its place.
On a more serious note, the call was bad, the reaction was awesome and Dustin Pedroia stepping in to try and cool down the big man was even more respectable. In the heat of the moment, there is sometimes no way you can cool down a heated athlete. When the game is on the line, no one likes to be told to ‘calm down’, even as fans.
However, this will go down as one of the most destructive dugout disagreements ever.