Big Papi hits record homer, flips lid and gets tossed all in one night
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had quite a Friday night. After hitting a record-tying home run, Big Papi all but lost it after being called out on strikes and was subsequently ejected from the Red Sox-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium.
In the top of the first inning, Ortiz launched a two-run dinger to right-center for his 452nd home run in a Red Sox uniform, tying Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for second place on the team's all-time home run list.
But that high was all but forgotten when Big Papi took a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. Ortiz went to the dugout, slammed down his bat and helmet and was ejected. After which he stormed back to home plate in a blaze of anger and had to be restrained:
The Red Sox lost to the Yankees, 3-2.
"It's just another game, another big game between the Yankees and Red Sox. Emotions are high," said home plate umpire Ron Kulpa, who ejected both Ortiz and manager John Farrell. "The 3-1 pitch, I had it coming through the zone. That's why I called it a strike. (Catcher Brian) McCann didn't help me out. He took the ball down a little bit, but the pitch still came through the zone. And the 3-2 pitch, I had it in the zone right down the middle."
Ortiz insisted Kulpa blew the calls.
"The bad thing about it is that the whole world watches these games," Ortiz said. "The umpire was having a hard time in the game. It's a situation when the game is on the line, and (he's) got to focus better."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.