This is Major League Baseball's problem, not ours and David Ortiz needs to get off his high horse and realize that it's not about him, it's about the sport. MLB is the one that made Ortiz the unnamed Ambassador of Baseball, not us, the fans of the sports.
Ortiz can walk around and say the "F" word at a live TV event for the Red Sox, and no one says anything. David Ortiz can test positive for PEDs, but never has to deal with the consequences like dozens of other players that were on the same list and did the same thing. Well, David Ortiz should be allowed to take one off the chin every once in a while because, that's the game. Sometimes pitchers go high and tight. It's not pleasant, but it is baseball.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, ABC News has the recap:
"Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, outraged that David Price hit him Friday night with a 94-mile-an-hour fastball on the first pitch the lefty threw to him since Ortiz homered twice off him in Game 2 of the American League division playoffs last October, said he has lost all respect for the Rays ace.
'It's a war,' Ortiz said after the Red Sox rallied for a 3-2, 10-inning win over Tampa Bay for their fifth straight win and second walkoff in two nights. 'It's on. Next time I see him, he better put his gloves on. I have no respect for him anymore.'
Price, asked after the game whether he'd hit Ortiz intentionally, said: 'I've got to establish my fastball in. I had six lefties in that lineup, that's my favorite side of the plate to go to. Got to establish it in.'"
Oh, so now I guess Ortiz made his statement to the press, his rally cry, and now all the Red Sox minions will follow him and hit the Rays, and establish a "true rivalry". Ortiz needs to leave it alone.
Look, I like Ortiz, but he's fool with this one. He's also gotta realize it's not about him... it's about baseball. Let it be, you big lug...you lost that one. Be embarrassed and move on.