BALTIMORE — In case there were still any issues with the dugout phones after David Ortiz smashed one of them with his bat in an angry frenzy Saturday night, Jonny Gomes took it upon himself to fix them.
He sat a can of string beans on top of the phone with a piece of string attached to it.
The Red Sox shouldn’t have to resort to using it at any point in their series finale with the Orioles. Just as Sox manager John Farrell got ready to meet with reporters in the dugout, the phone rang.
It wasn’t Major League Baseball (it was actually a few Camden Yards ushers playing a joke), but with the possibility of Ortiz being disciplined by the league after his 10th career ejection and his ensuing blow-up, Farrell said he hasn’t heard from the league and doesn’t expect to.
After the Red Sox’s 7-3 win over the Orioles Saturday night, Farrell said he didn’t think the incident warranted a suspension.
In the hours that have passed since the game, Farrell was able to look at it again and he said, “Even after watching the highlights or the replay of it, probably even more so than last night.”
Ortiz’s outburst came in the seventh inning when what he thought was a high fastball from Orioles reliever Jairo Asencio for ball four was ruled a strike by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Ortiz eventually struck out and had harsh words words and cold stares for Timmons on his way to the dugout.
Once he got there, Ortiz grabbed a bat and took three vicious hacks at the dugout phones. He was then thrown out by Timmons and had to be restrained by coaches and teammates, including Farrell and Dustin Pedroia.
“He saw the flight of the ball and he assumed it would be a ball and I think everybody in the ball park assumed that as well,” Farrell said. “I think he’s been in situations, particularly with right-handed pitchers on the mound, where they’ve chosen not to pitch to him and pitch around. We’ve seen it time and time again. That wasn’t the case last night — or Asencio wasn’t allowed to.”