Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz lost his mind Saturday after disagreeing with an umpire's calls and proceeded to smash the dugout phone in Baltimore with his bat, nearly decapitating a teammate in the process. Ortiz returned to normalcy the next day and hit a homer and had 3 other hits vs. the Orioles.
The outburst by Big Papi, or in this case, Big Baby, is the latest entry in a long line of dramatic phone smashings that have made headlines in recent years, mostly involving the more easily destroyed cellphone rather than the pesky wired phones like the one in the Baltimore dugout.
Infamously, former New England Patriots' tight end Aaron Hernandez smashed his possibly incriminating cell phone before being arrested by police in a murder case last month.
In May, a National Review writer named Kevin Williamson earned praise and scorn for snatching a fellow patron's annoying cellphone at a performance of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and throwing it across the room.
In May of 2012, actor/comedian Russell Brand wasn't laughing when he reportedly grabbed a photographer's cellphone and whipped it into a window. He was later arrested in New Orleans for the incident. Brand later tweeted this:
Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) March 14, 2012
Another famous Russell, the Australian actor Russell Crowe, also got in hot water 8 years back in New York City after turning a phone that wasn't working into a missile (or in the words of police "a dangerous or deadly weapon") in a hotel. He was hauled into court for that little tantrum, in which he pleaded guilty to hitting a desk clerk with the phone.
Not all of these incidents have been caught on video (by others wielding cellphones), but plenty have, including this teacher who got fed up with a student using a cellphone during class:
Interestingly, Sprint actually has promoted throwing of its phones as a feature, such as in this Super Bowl ad:
These various phone smashing incidents have no doubt uncovered a few very strong throwing arms, and we can only hope that few of these people might redirect their anger into more wholesome pursuits such as the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships, which are being held next month in Finland. We haven't found any championships for smashing phones with baseball bats, but I'm sure if we look hard enough, we'll probably find that, too.