The Hall of Fame pitcher and Baltimore Orioles analyst
has a serious problem with David Ortiz. Palmer is upset because Big Papi got
and suspended — for arguing a called strike on a check swing last week.
was so upset that he has called for Ortiz to apologize for his actions, which
he compared to a puppy who needs to be housebroken. Papi, by the way, is 273
years old in dog years.
whom Papi should apologize to isn’t quite clear. Is it to Palmer? That seems
silly because Ortiz getting ejected seems like it was a good thing for the
teammates don’t need an apology because Ortiz has bailed them out countless
times over his great Red Sox career. For that same reason, Ortiz doesn’t owe an
apology to Red Sox fans, either.
ejection isn’t the only thing Palmer has against Ortiz. Apparently he also
doesn’t like the way the Boston designated hitter admires his home runs before
slowly jogging around the bases.
put this to rest, all David Ortiz has to do in this three-game series is watch
the way Adam Jones plays the game,” Palmer said. “If he hits a home run, he
puts his head down, runs around the bases, doesn’t show anybody up. To me,
that’s the way you play the game.”
hard not to wonder what Palmer thinks of David Lough’s walk-off home run for
the O’s Saturday night. Lough and his teammates celebrated that home run like
they were Bobby Thompson and the New York Giants after the Shot Heard ‘Round
course, that is the way all teams celebrate walk-off home runs these days.
Baseball, like all professional sports, has changed since the days Palmer
pitched for the Orioles.
take curtain calls on first-inning home runs, teams celebrate walk-off hits
like they just won the pennant, and David Ortiz takes 12 minutes to round the
bases after a long home run. That’s just the way it is in baseball these days.
don’t have to like it, but it is, as they say, what it is. It is only going to
get worse year after year.
out one player like Palmer did with Ortiz, though, is beneath a member of the
Baseball Hall of Fame.
However, is anything beneath a guy who routinely posed
for pictures in his underwear for Jockey ads like Palmer did? That puts him on
par with Justin Bieber, not fellow announcers or Hall of Famers.
Perhaps Palmer should look at the work of Jerry Remy
or Bert Blyleven or, dare I say, Ken Harrelson.
Not only would those guys never
appear on underwear posters, they are also former players who don’t make it a
habit of calling out current players from their seat as a game analyst.