First Call: MLB world offers prayers for David Ortiz; A.J. Green wants to stay with Bengals
In Monday’s “First Call,” an update on David Ortiz’s health after he was shot over the weekend. A.J. Green wants to remain a Bengal. Tensions rise in the N.L. West.
Praying for Papi
Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez reached out to former teammate David Ortiz on Sunday night after Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic.
I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Police say Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range.
Starling Marte of the Pirates, showed his support, as well. Marte and Ortiz are both from Santo Domingo in the Domincan Republic.
Former Pirate Andrew McCutchen was saddened by the news.
Pull thru Big Papi🙏🏾. Dang what a world we live in😔
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) June 10, 2019
Others in the MLB community made their feelings known as well.
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 10, 2019
Thoughts and prayers going out to @davidortiz… 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) June 10, 2019
Praying for Big Papi. Oraciones con @davidortiz. Fuerza Big Papi. 🙏🏾
— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) June 10, 2019
Prayers up for my bro @davidortiz man. One of the best human beings I’ve ever met. Hate seeing that. Hoping for the best! 🙏🏾
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) June 10, 2019
A.J. is OK
Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green is entering the last year of his contract. Many have wondered if he’ll just play it out and hit free agency.
But Green is saying he’d like to stay with the Bengals.
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) June 8, 2019
“Cincinnati is home for me,” Green told FOX19 in Cincy at his football camp. “All I know is Cincinnati. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city. Hopefully I can be here for a couple more years.”
Green says he is cleared to participate in football activities. He had offseason toe surgery. Minicamp starts this week. He has 8,907 yards and 63 touchdowns during his nine years with the Bengals.
Madison Bumgarner is mad.
At Max Muncy.
The Giants pitcher started yelling at the Dodgers infielder after Muncy hit a first-inning home run against him Sunday.
— YOUR GRACE 🤴🏾 (@djhomicide) June 9, 2019
Bumgarner was calm after the game. But you can tell he still was a bit upset.
Bumgarner was asked about his exchange with Muncy after the game. He was adamant that he's not changing:
— KNBR (@KNBR) June 10, 2019
Muncy had a pretty good quote after the game.
"If you don't want me to watch the ball, you can get it out of the ocean."
– Max Muncy on Madison Bumgarner 😲
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 9, 2019
That homer ended up being the only run of the game as L.A. won 1-0.
That didn’t work so well
Bryce Harper tried to get sneaky over the weekend.
And it didn’t work. The Phillies star attempted to steal home against Reds right-hander Sonny Gray. And Gray wasn’t fooled.
Bryce Harper tried to steal home on the right-handed Sonny Gray.
It didn't work out well for Harper.pic.twitter.com/Lw0oFMC1UU
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) June 9, 2019
For as dead to rights as Harper was, I think the broadcasters in that clip are right. I wonder if that tag really beat the slide.
The Reds won 4-3.
Meanwhile, Texas’ Rougned Odor tried the same move and made it work.
🚨 STRAIGHT STEAL OF HOME 🚨 pic.twitter.com/qNaNEoFlXU
— MLB (@MLB) June 9, 2019
That’s why it’s better to try that stunt against a lefty. Unfortunately for Odor and the Rangers, they lost 9-8 to Oakland.
Poking fun at Pam
Pam from “The Office” was taking a little heat on Twitter last night.
Jenna Fischer made an appearance on the NBC broadcast of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday. And she seemed ready for a Stanley Cup celebration.
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) June 10, 2019
Here’s the problem. The Bruins won 5-1 and forced Game 7 back in Boston Saturday.
Bruins fans gave some shots back, usually via the endless well of GIFs from “The Office.”
— 𝗗𝗘𝗘𝗭 𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗦 (@DeezNats) June 10, 2019
— lights out (@countdown2march) June 9, 2019
— Elaine (@heckman_elaine) June 10, 2019
— Elijah Hayden (@ElijahHayden4) June 10, 2019
How'd that work out for you Jenna?? LMAO
— Michael Santangelo (@MichaelSantang5) June 10, 2019
We know John Krasinski is a Bruins fan. No word on who Rashida Jones is rooting for.