Girardi didn’t care for Ortiz’s bat flip
Joe Girardi was not impressed when David Ortiz flipped his bat in the fifth inning, celebrating his two-run homer off Yankees righty Hector Noesi.
“I didn’t really care for it,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if he was upset that he missed some pitches earlier. I’ve got a young kid on the mound. I didn’t know if he was upset that he came in hard on him. Of course when it happens to you, you’re going to defend your guy. If it’s our guy, I’m going to say there was nothing intentional about it.”
Several Yankees, including Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher, said they did not notice Ortiz’s flip. Noesi said he didn’t see it either, though Girardi added that the issue was more about Noesi to him.
“David has always played the game hard. I’ve never had a problem with David Ortiz,” Girardi said. “This guy has been a clutch player for a long time. My reaction is probably more to protect our young kid. That’s what I’m going to do.”
Noesi said he wasn’t watching Big Papi, he was tracking the ball:
“I don’t watch that. I just see the ball and that’s it. It’s going to happen. I’m going to throw the ball and they have a bat. I don’t think too much about that. I just forget about it and keep throwing.”
And here’s Ortiz’s reaction:
“I don’t know, I mean, it’s not my first time, it’s not going to be my last one, you know what I’m saying? Big deal. I’m a home run hitter. That’s all I can tell you right now. I’ve done it before. It’s not like I do it all the time. It’s part of the excitement. What can I tell you?”