David Ortiz tears up Boston writer on Hall of Fame ballot

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2022, and based on the latest reports, it looks like he will be inducted into Cooperstown in his first attempt. The Dominican Republic native is one of the most iconic players in franchise history and is beloved throughout MLB. It would be hard for any voter to leave Ortiz off their ballot, better yet a Boston-based voter, but that’s exactly what happened with Dan Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy revealed his Hall of Fame ballot consisted solely of Jeff Kent, sparking outrage among baseball fans.

It seems Big Papi caught wind of Shaughnessy’s HOF vote, and he wasn’t too happy with how the Boston Globe writer voted. During an appearance on Merloni & Fauria on WEEI, Ortiz was quick to criticize Shaughnessy, lashing out at the writer and calling him an “hole.”

“You know Dan Shaughnessy has been a ‘hole’ to everyone, so what can I tell you?” Ortiz said Wednesday. “It’s no surprise to me, it’s no surprise to all of you. Now he didn’t vote for me, so what can I do? I mean, seriously, it won’t stop It’s just a guy who didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Ortiz knows a vote won’t change his status as a future Hall of Famer, but the fact that a Boston reporter chose not to vote for one of the greatest Red Sox players of all time is a bit alarming. Sure, Ortiz’s career has been blighted by the use of PEDs, but not as much as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others who have been on the ballot for nearly 10 years.

Either way, Shaughnessy made his voice heard successfully by excluding Ortiz from his ballot, and he even caught Big Grandpa’s attention with his surprising decision.

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