From the NY Post:
With Chamberlain scheduled to start for the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series against the Red Sox, David Ortiz yesterday said the talented right-hander should avoid using Kevin Youkilis’ head as a bull’s-eye.
“None of that, man — just play the game the way it’s supposed to be, and that’s about it,” Ortiz said, referring to Chamberlain.
“This is a guy, as good as he is, the next step for him will be to earn respect from everybody in the league. He’s not a bad guy, but when things like that happen, people get the wrong idea.”
I think the following quote is appropriate here:
You shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house
And if you got a glass jaw you should watch yo mouth…..
-Patiently Waiting, 50 Cent
Ortiz is running his mouth on an issue in which he has no legs to stand upon. The Red Sox have hit significantly more Yankees than the Yanks have hit BoSox over Ortiz’s time in Boston. I did not hear Ortiz chastising Josh Beckett for his headhunting antics against the Angels earlier this year, and he never came out against Pedro’s ridiculous actions. When you play with headhunters and never mention having a problem with their behavior, you lose all right to suddenly talk about how the game is supposed to be played. Ortiz is yapping because he does not want to get hit, not because he has some profound interest in the integrity and honor of the game. He either needs to include his own pitchers when he talks about headhunting, or he needs to quiet down and just play the game.