Add David Ortiz to the list of people who think Mike Fiers was wrong to whistle the Astros fraud scandal.
The former Red Sox racket told reporters in Fort Meyers, Florida on Thursday that he believed Fiers was a “snitch” to uncover the Astros that illegally stole signs in 2017 on their way to winning the World Series.
"I'm mad at this guy, the pitcher, who talked about it," Ortiz said, according to MassLive. "And let me tell you why. Oh, after making your money after receiving your ring, do you decide to talk about it? Why don't you talk about it during the season when it started? Why didn't you say, "I don't want to be part of (this)?" Now you look like a snitch. You know what I mean? Why do you have to talk about it afterwards? That's my problem. Why didn't anyone say anything while it was going on? "
Jonathan Lucroy, who has just joined the Red Sox, said Fiers told him about the program two years ago. according to MassLiveand said the Oakland Athletics called MLB about it but the league had done nothing. Lucroy, who was Fiers & # 39; teammate at the A 2018, said when he saw the Athletic report in November that exposed the scandal of sign theft, he thought, "Oh boy."
Ortiz was reported by the New York Times in 2009 as one of 104 players who failed an MLB survey drug test in 2003 before the league launched a new drug test program.
Last month Pediz Martinez, former Ortiz Red Sox teammate, described Fiers as a "bad teammate" for revealing the Astros' fraudulent pattern. Both Martinez and Ortiz are currently Red Sox assistants.
Jessica Mendoza of ESPN, who has since given up her role as Mets special advisor, also fooled Fiers last month about the IPO and said she didn't fit her well.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred praised Fiers for unveiling the program. Manfred wants to protect Fiers, but the pitcher says he will defend himself against possible retaliation.