Tossed! Big Papi ejected for arguing check swing

April 19, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz earned his first ejection of the season on Sunday afternoon in an 8-3 loss to Baltimore at Fenway Park.

But no doubt about it, Big Papi got his money’s worth on the way out.

Ortiz was given the boot in the fifth inning after he became livid when third-base umpire Jerry Meals ruled that he went through on a check swing on a 1-1 pitch. Big Papi felt that he controlled the head of the bat, and he immediately started barking at Meals. That eventually led to a face-to-face confrontation with plate umpire John Tumpane, who ejected Ortiz.

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Ortiz spiked his bat and threw his elbow pad on his way back to the dugout. He also expressed his displeasure with the strike zone earlier in the game. In his first plate appearance, Ortiz walked and scored on Hanley Ramirez's three-run homer in the first. In the third, Ortiz grounded out to short. The ejection occured in his third plate appearance.

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