Add David Ortiz to the list of people who think Mike Fiers was wrong to blow the whistle on the Astros’ cheating scandal.
The former Red Sox slugger told reporters Thursday in Fort Meyers, Fla., that he thinks Fiers is a “snitch” for revealing the Astros illegally stole signs in 2017 en route to winning the World Series.
“I’m mad at this guy, the pitcher who came out talking about it,” Ortiz said, according to MassLive. “And let me tell you why. Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring you decide to talk about it? Why don’t you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why didn’t you say, ‘I don’t want to be no part of (this)?’ Now you look like a snitch. You know what I mean? Why do you have to talk about it after? That’s my problem. Why did nobody say anything while it was going on?”
Jonathan Lucroy, who just joined the Red Sox, said Fiers told him about the scheme two years ago, according to MassLive, and said the Oakland Athletics called MLB about it, but the league didn’t do anything. Lucroy, who was Fiers’ teammate on the 2018 A’s, said when he saw The Athletic report in November that blew open the sign-stealing scandal, he thought, “Oh boy.”
Ortiz was reported by the New York Times in 2009 to be one of 104 players who failed a survey drug test in 2003 administered by MLB ahead of the league implementing a new drug-testing program.
Last month, Ortiz’s former Red Sox teammate Pedro Martinez called Fiers a “bad teammate” for exposing the Astros’ cheating scheme. Both Martinez and Ortiz are currently Red Sox special assistants.
ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, who has since left her role as a Mets special advisor, also ripped Fiers last month for going public, saying it “didn’t sit well” with her.