I am going to make two things very clear regarding this article. I am a huge Boston Red Sox fan and always have been. I also absolutely love David Ortiz. He might be my most favorite player on the Red Sox. However, a recent action that he did makes me a little annoyed at him.
In the game against the Texas Rangers, Boston faced Yu Darvish, who was absolutely dealing. He held Boston to one hit by Ortiz in the ninth inning. However, in the seventh inning, Ortiz hit a fly ball to right field that fell between a few Rangers. It was ruled an error at the time and that broke up the perfect game that Darvish was pitching.
Today, it was announced that Ortiz was going to appeal the error ruling and ask for it to be changed to a base hit. I hate to break the news to you Big Papi, but you lost the game and by quite a bit. You are very, very lucky that you weren’t no-hit against and how that single got past the shift, I will never know.
Papi means so much to Boston that it almost pains me to say this but he is coming across a little selfish by appealing the error. His statistics should be the least of his concerns at the moment. It is the middle of May and the Red Sox are still not scoring runs consistently, still playing at about .500 ball and the only reason Boston is not lower in the division is that no team in the American League East has placed themselves ahead of the pack.
We need him to stop thinking about stats and focus on leading the troops.