Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had some strong words for current Oakland Athletics and former Houston Astros starting pitcher Mike Fiers after Fiers blew the whistle on Houston's 2017 sign-stealing system.
According to Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, Ortiz said he is "mad" at Fiers and that Fiers "looks like a snitch."
Ortiz also suggested it was a bad look for Fiers to come forward only after winning a World Series in 2017, leaving the team and cashing in with a two-year, $14.1 million contract in Oakland.
The floodgates opened for Major League Baseball's investigation into the Astros in November 2019 when Fiers provided information regarding Houston's illegal sign-stealing methods to Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic.
MLB suspended manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow one year each for their respective roles, and the Astros fired them shortly thereafter.
Former Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran and bench coach Alex Cora were indirectly punished as well, as they lost their managerial jobs with the New York Mets and Red Sox, respectively, after MLB named them as central figures in the sign-stealing system.
No players have been punished by MLB, and Commissioner Rob Manfred has said that the Astros will not be stripped of their World Series title.
Hinch and former Astros players Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Marwin Gonzalez were the first to apologize publicly. Owner Jim Crane and current players such as Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve followed suit last week.
Many reacted negatively to those apologies, though, especially after Crane said, "Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game," with regard to the sign stealing.
The Astros beat the New York Yankees in the 2017 American League Championship Series and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. Some of the most outspoken players against the Astros played on those teams, including Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger and third baseman Justin Turner.
There are often unwritten rules in sports, and it seems as though Big Papi believes Fiers broke one of them, although it is clear that many active players across Major League Baseball feel the Astros deserved to be exposed.