WATCH: Big Papi charges ump after strikeout against Yankees
Big Papi was a tad angry last night. Ortiz had to be held back by manager John Farrell and other members of the Boston Red Sox after charging out of the dugout and arguing a called third strike with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Friday night in the Bronx.
The Red Sox were down 3-2 with the bases loaded and Big Papi facing Yankees closer Andrew Miller. Miller, who was working his way back from a 3-1 count, was able to fool Ortiz with two low strikes and the subsequent strikeout. Ortiz walked to the dugout chirping, slammed down his equipment and then was ejected, prompting him to charge out in protest of Kulpa as Farrell and teammates tried to intervene.
In Big Papi’s and the Red Sox defense, home plate umpire Ron Kulpa had 31 missed calls Friday night, tied for the seventh most in a game this season, and the called third strike on Ortiz was 5½ inches below the strike zone, this according to ESPN stats.
I have watched a lot of baseball this season, and the strike-zone is wildly different depending on which ump is behind the plate. This is nothing new, but there have been many, many, many called strikes that are above and beyond outside the typical strike-zone. As a player it’s frustrating, but you can’t go insane and charge umps in Big Papi’s case. You be the judge on the called third strike as we have the video below.