There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.”
As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had. There’s heavily-bleeped video of the incident at the link, but Haggerty wrote it down:
“[Bleepin’] scorekeeper always [bleepin’] [bleep] up”
I’m guessing nothing comes of this at all. But I do wonder what the reaction would be if it was Alex Rodriguez or Carlos Beltran or some other guy the media likes to get on for being selfish steaming over an RBI being taken away from him.
UPDATE: Now some people are telling me that this was a joke, though they’re not 100% clear, as it’s all sort of playing out on Boston talk radio today. If it was a joke, fine, ya got me. I’d expect fewer F-bombs in that kind of a joke in front of cameras and reporters and stuff, but everyone rolls differently.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.