…and that reason has nothing to do with his tendency to throw a shit-fit when he’s called out on strikes. From the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman :
David Ortiz was quite upset after his ejection for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Bill Welke in Friday night’s 4-3, 10-inning Red Sox win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
“I’m leading the league in walks for a reason. I think I know what I’m doing out there,” Ortiz said. “From the very first pitch, he made bad calls. I’ve got to let him know, bro.”
Ortiz, whose post-ejection tirade last year in a game played at Angels Stadium earned him a suspension, wasn’t finished.
“I’m the DH – it’s my job to go to the plate and get the job done,” he said. “I hit, that’s what I do. I’ve got to let him know. In the beginning, I let him know in a nice way. I’m not a crazy guy. If you miss a ball in the beginning, that’s fine, but every at-bat? I don’t think so. I respect umpires. They need to respect me.”