BALTIMORE -- Talk about a good call.
Remember the dugout phone David Ortiz smashed with his bat in an all-time temper tantrum on July 27, 2013, at Camden Yards? Well, to mark Big Papi's final regular-season game in Baltimore, the Orioles on Thursday night presented the Boston Red Sox designated hitter with the remains of the phone, missing half of its cover and mounted on a piece of wood.
Ortiz laughed when he received the phone from Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, one of his closest friends in baseball. But he didn't appear amused moments earlier when video of the tantrum appeared on the scoreboard at Camden Yards.
Ortiz destroyed the phone after disagreeing with home-plate umpire Tim Timmons over two called strikes in the seventh inning of a 7-3 Red Sox victory. He was fined $5,000 but not suspended for the incident.
Coincidentally, Timmons was in the ballpark Thursday night, too, umpiring at first base in the finale of a four-game series between the Red Sox and Orioles.
According to the Orioles' Twitter account, the team considered poking fun at Ortiz by showing a video of his frequent strikeouts against former Baltimore lefty Brian Matusz. Instead, the O's opted to show a video of Ortiz's most memorable home runs against the New York Yankees, "something both @Orioles and @RedSox fans can enjoy."
Who could forget David Ortiz's most destructive hit at Oriole Park? Our visiting dugout phone! pic.twitter.com/mGSTHEOuYE— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 22, 2016
Asked if he found humor in the Orioles’ gift, Ortiz didn’t say much.
“It was all right, man,” Ortiz said. “You know, just thank Baltimore for the memories and see you in the playoffs.”
Ortiz has been an Orioles killer over the years. He has eight home runs against them this season and 30 in his career at Camden Yards, second most by any visiting player in the history of the ballpark.
The Orioles also made a $10,000 donation in Ortiz's name to the World Pediatric Project to help critically ill children in the Dominican Republic.