Coach's Stupidity Knocks Papi Back Even More

Lawrence BlanchardContributor IJune 8, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 14:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out swinging with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning as catcher Jeff Mathis #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout on May 14, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 5-4 in 12 innings.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

We all know that our beloved "Big Papi" David Ortiz has suffered through the worst slump in his career, but finally, when he starts to show a little bit of improvement, a stupid mistake by the third base coach knocks him off his game again.

I am sure every fan was thinking the same thing as me yesterday: "Why is Papi trying to steal second?"

Well, watching the replay it's obvious, it's because he was given the sign to steal.

Red Sox third base coach Demarlo Hale actually gave the steal sign, and like he was supposed to do, "Papi" took off, dead in the water from the start. He was out by 10 feet, then you saw the look of disgust on his face and you knew this was another setback.

This kind of mistake is unacceptable to me, and I hope there is no lingering effects.