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Apparently it’s a problem that David Ortiz is appealing his fine for smashing that phone

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - JULY 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox sits in the dugout before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays inning at Fenway Park on July 29, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. According to reports, Major League Baseball has decided not to suspend David Ortiz for his tantrum July 27, in Baltimore when he destroyed a bull pen phone in the dugout. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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David Ortiz was fined $5,000 for smashing that bullpen phone last week. He has appealed his fine. This does not sit well with Dan Shaughnessy:

No benching, no suspension, no apology and still Ortiz is unhappy. He’s appealing $5000 fine for smashing phone -- Maybe MLB should pay him?

— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) August 8, 2013

Between this and the A-Rod stuff it appears to be that there is nothing sportswriters hate more in this world than a person exercising their contractually-granted appeal rights.

Now, let’s see what happens the next time a sportswriter finds themselves in legal trouble. Call me crazy, but I doubt they’ll get all huffy about how bad it is to exercise appeals in that case.