The Cookie Jar- Drop the bat Papi

Published On August 14, 2013 | By Alice Cook

For no particular reason I decided  to review the “tape” of David Ortiz‘s vicious attack on the dugout phone a few weeks ago.   Yes, someone could have been hurt. Yes. We teach our kids to control their tempers. (while we continually lose ours)  Chances are there were some f-bombs flying during the flurry.  We have seen the video, but I have a feeling the audio would be one big “BEEP.”

It all started when a 3-0 pitch was called a strike.  It was a bad call, anyone could see it was way high. Not even close. Ortiz had already thrown his bat aside and was ready to trot to first, when he was called back by plate umpire Tim Timmons.  The at bat ended with Ortiz striking out.  And then it happened.  As Ortiz cussed and ranted on his way back to the dugout, the cameras hung on to his every move. The big guy was not going go down quietly.  No way.

We’ve  seen David Ortiz do some damage with his bat this season, but the wild swings he took out on a dugout phone will go down as the most destructive.  Let’s just skip over the fact that Papi’s wild tantrum could have killed  his freshly minted 100 million dollar teammate. Dustin Pedroia sat within inches of  the ferocious bat of his teammate.

Typical Pedey, he never flinched. OK. He ducked for cover.

If you missed it, here is the replay.

Remember that scene from “The Shining” with Jack Nicholson?

Jack Torrance: Stop swingin’ the bat. Put the bat down, Wendy. Wendy? Give me the bat…

Instead the  psycho mad man played by Nicholson,  we could have had  little Pedey pleading, “Put the bat down Papi.  Papi?  Give me the bat.”

Too late, Ortiz destroyed the telephone box for all the world to see.  It was violent,  angry, and  some great theatre.  I loved it- and not once did I think his rage was steroid induced. This is the Papi we have come to know and love.  Remember, this is the same guy who told the world  last April that “this is our f-king city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom!”

Nobody messes with David Ortiz. And we do mean “nobody.”

Papi is an emotional guy.  He does not ‘speak softly and carry a big stick,’  like Teddy Roosevelt.   Papi let’s his bat do the talking, whether he’s at the plate or in the dugout.

Ortiz got tossed from the game. No surprise there. He got his best revenge the next day when he went 4 for 4 including a two run homer.

After he hit that home run Sunday, he playfully pretended he was going to smash the  newly replaced dugout phone box again.  I liked that too.

Let’s just forget about anger management, and what kind of example this sets for kids who saw the incident.  Please.  Can everybody just lighten up?

Papi’s teammates did, that’s for sure.

Like the yucksters they are, Ryan Dempster and Jonny Gomes strung together a couple of vegetable cans with some string, right there in the same dugout.  Then, according to reports, they had this conversation.

Dempster: Can you hear me?
Gomes: Yes
Dempster: Ok, let’s go straighten out the bullpen phone now.

Our friends at Verizon would be proud.

NESN’s Jenny Dell captured the photo and sent this tweet.

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Dempster has a background in stand up comedy, and this bit was really funny. We may see the parody soon on Saturday Night Live.

Much has been made of the Red Sox “intangibles” this season.   The bat, the busted phone box, and the tin cans attached with string taught us something else about the personality of this team.

The Red Sox have a sense of humor.  Let’s add that to the intangible list of character, team chemistry and respect for the manager.

In the end, it’s all about getting the last laugh.

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is a veteran television sports reporter and Olympian. Her experience includes 25 years of sports reporting for WBZ-TV, the CBS and former NBC affiliate in Boston. Cook has worked for ESPN, Turner Sports, and WTBS. Cook is a feature writer for She’s Game Sports and Boston.com. She is also President and Founder of She’s Game Sports LLC.