David Ortiz To People Who Hate Bat Flipping: “Shut Up, Seriously. I Don’t Have To Respect Nobody”
There’s been a bunch of noise from old school players lately that keep spewing the same rhetoric, ‘Back in my day’. GET OFF MY LAWN is what it sounds like each time I hear a legend speak about when they played compared to the present day.
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz took issue with former players being upset with players of today flipping their bat after a Home Run. It’s not illegal and it won’t get you fined or suspended. It’s just one of those silly unwritten baseball rules that old school players and fans can’t seem to let go.
‘Big Papi’ Ortiz spoke on it very candidly:
“People want to talk about old school. I am old school,” said Ortiz. “How many [expletives] are in the game right now who played in 1997 in the big leagues?”
“Whenever somebody criticizes a power hitter for what we do after we hit a home run, I consider that person someone who is not able to hit a homer ever in his life,” Ortiz told the Globe. “Look at who criticizes the power hitters in the game and what we do. It’s either a pitcher or somebody that never played the game. Think about it. You don’t know that feeling. You don’t know what it takes to hit a homer off a guy who throws 95 mph. You don’t know anything about it. And if you don’t know anything about it, [shut up]. [Shut up]. Seriously. If you don’t know anything about it, [shut up], because that is another level.”
“Of course as a pitcher you’re not going to like it if I take you deep, but after I do it, suck it up, man. Take it like a man. I don’t mind anybody doing anything when you strike me out or get myself out. You’re never going to see me criticizing anybody, because you know what? Whatever you do out there, you just motivate me. You just motivate me. If I take you deep and I pimp the [expletive] out of it, that should be motivation for you to try to get me out in my next at-bat, instead of just talking [expletive]. That’s the way I see it,” he said.
“This game is competition. This ain’t no baby-sitting. There ain’t no crying. When somebody strikes me out, I’m not up there crying, like, ‘Boo-hoo . . . this guy . . ’ No, no, no. There’s none of that. There’s no babysitting in baseball. There’s no babysitting. If you’re going to take it like a baby, I’m going to take [you] deep again. How about that? Take it like a man and make better, quality pitches the next time I face you, and then you get [me] out, and then you do whatever the hell you want. This is competition.”
My daddy told me, when I was 7, “Even if I am on the mound teaching the game to you, and you are facing me, try to hurt me. This is competition,” Respect? Respect my (expletive). I don’t have to respect nobody when I’m between those two lines. I’m trying to beat everybody when I’m between those two lines. This ain’t no crying. There’s no, “Let me be concerned about taking you deep.” No.
When a power hitter does a bat flip, you don’t hurt nobody. If I hit a homer, did a bat flip, threw it in the stands and break a couple people’s heads, I understand. But that’s not what it is. When you see a pitcher do a fist pump when they strike out any of us, or jumping on the mound, I don’t see anybody talking about that. Nobody’s talking about that. Act the same way when we do a bat flip. It’s emotion. It is, “I got you.” Just like a pitcher does, “I got you,” when they strike (you out). As a hitter, I don’t mind. You got myself out? Good for you. They work hard to do that (expletive). But when I get you, good for me. Period.
H/T – BostonGlobe