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David Ortiz Calls Out Giancarlo Stanton for Not Playing in Game 2 on FOX Pregame Show

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees stands for the national anthem prior to game one of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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With the New York Yankees entering Sunday night with a 1-0 series lead over the Houston Astros in the ALCS after stealing Game 1 on the road, the fan base was feeling mighty confident. However, they received an alert in the afternoon, claiming Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a pivotal home run in Game 1, was left out of the Game 2 lineup due to a right quad strain.

The injury isn't considered serious, necessarily, as manager Aaron Boone said they would use him as an emergency pinch-hitter.

FOX MLB analyst and former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz wasn't too fond of that development, however, saying that Stanton's injury better be serious if it forced him to sit out an important postseason game. Ortiz continued by saying that if he were in Stanton's shoes, they'd have to drag him out of the lineup.

Okay, then.

Stanton suffered the injury during his first at-bat on Saturday, as he ran to first base. New York's slugger stayed in the game up until the ninth inning. Even with the strain already in place, Stanton drilled a solo home run against the Astros.

The severity is not exactly known yet, but Boone said he'd hope Stanton can return at some point before the end of the series.

Despite the tweak, David Ortiz basically said that Giancarlo Stanton needs to be playing, no matter what.

We get it.