Red Sox official scorer Chaz Scoggins took an RBI away from David Ortiz after the slugger thought he had a two-run single in the first inning of Wednesday night’s Red Sox win over the Indians.
Scoggins ruled that a misplay by Indians left fielder Austin Kearns was an error and that Kevin Youkilis would not have scorer if not for the bobble.
Big Papi was so upset about the decision that he stormed into Terry Francona’s press conference before Thursday night’s game to express his frustration.
From CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty:
Ortiz said “I’m [bleeping] pissed. We need to have a talk, you and me” before the manager and designated hitter agreed to talk about things at a more appropriate time. Then Ortiz gave away exactly what was bothering him when he muttered “[Bleepin’] scorekeeper always [bleepin’] [bleep] up.”
At the conclusion of Wednesday night’s win over Cleveland, Ortiz had 69 RBI on the year instead of 70. Two years ago, he finished the season with exactly 99 RBI before posting 102 in 2010.
Click HERE to watch video footage of Ortiz’s surprising pregame outburst.
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