Is David Ortiz paranoid or are people really following him?
Seriously, David Ortiz’ most recent media-session digression into an expletive-replete rant shouldn’t come as any surprise, at least to Red Sox fans.
Nor should his ejection for arguing a called third strike during the weekend series with the Kansas City Royals seem unusual for the discarded Minnesota Twin turned quasi-diva Red Sox.
Nearly every time Big Papi gets himself out at the plate—not many pitchers have been doing that lately—one can see him self-deprecating on his return to the dugout. Shaking his head and cursing under his breath have become daily outlets for a struggling Ortiz.
This time he simply redirected that frustration at the home-plate umpire.
To see him erupt when repeatedly asked about an 0-7 season start shouldn’t seem as shocking as it’s been reported.
Still, how does a slugger like Ortiz experience such merciless droughts and explosive stretches at the plate? He’s virtually schizophrenic in the batters box, and lately fans have been seeing more of Mr. Hyde than Dr. Jekyll.
Unlike Alex Rodriguez, Big Papi has never taken the time to really clear the air—if that’s what Rodriguez really did—and move on from his alleged PED indiscretions. Perhaps he just needs confession.
Ortiz has issues, but he’s more of a distraction to the fans than to the Red Sox.
Papi’s never posed for "Details" or worn purple lipstick.
Still, he has reason to be sensitive, even paranoid. If he can’t get hot at the plate, Big Papi may be booed out of Boston.
In his defense, the media should lay the *bleep* off. As Yankee closer Mariano Rivera commented to the Boston Globe, “It’s two games. It’s ridiculous.”