David Ortiz Newsbeat
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
But Ortiz is the Yankees killer to end all Yankees killers. He is the one who has given more night sweats to more Yankees pitchers (and Yankees fans) than anybody, mostly because he has played for a team (and for a city) that has been the object of Yankees obsession from the moment he arrived.
It is fair to wonder if the Red Sox’s epic, operatic drought that stood at 86 years in 2004 might not now be at 98 if not for Ortiz, whose walk-off homer won Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, whose homer over The Wall the next night kick-started a comeback in Game 5 that he ended with a walk-off single, who added another homer for kicks in Game 7 as the Sox completed their historic comeback.
Yankees fans grumble about Ortiz, about the fact that he’s never been accorded the kind of scorn other PED scofflaws have (he allegedly tested positive in 2003, when testing was supposed to be anonymous and there were no actual repercussions for steroid use; Ortiz has always said he never “knowingly” took steroids). And they may not be happy to be honoring him.
But they’ll be delighted to see him go.
And that may be the biggest compliment of all.
Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 26 comment(s)
Friday, September 23, 2016
9F)ans and obsequious sportswriters will continue to lap up every last pre-game ceremony of Ortiz’s farewell tour (the one he swore he’d never take). But while they continue their relentless peddling of the myth of Big Papi, the rest of us should feel confident in this truth: David Ortiz is a jerk.
Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 72 comment(s)
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Red Sox scrapped a planned giveaway of 15,000
David Ortiz bobblehead dolls last night because the toys appeared racially insensitive, team President Sam Kennedy said.
The bobbleheads depicted Big Papi speaking at Fenway Park in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombings, when he declared Boston “our (expletive) city.”
But something went wrong in production.
“I personally felt that they were offensive given the portrayal in terms of his facial features,” Kennedy said. “It felt insensitive to me.
“If we had a scenario where one fan would be offended, the right decision, where I sit, was to pull the plug on distributing all 15,000 of them. And that’s what we did, and we certainly apologize.”
Monday, August 08, 2016
I will miss them both.
It was one legend saying hello—and goodbye—to another Sunday when the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz visited the Dodger Stadium press box for hugs and handshakes with longtime broadcaster Vin Scully.
Ortiz is in his 20th and final season with the Red Sox. Scully is in his 67th and final season behind the microphone for the Dodgers. The powerhouse duo met before the series finale between the Dodgers and Red Sox.
In a video clip of the meeting Sunday, provided by the Dodgers, Ortiz told Scully, “We all love you. We’re all going to miss you.”
Saturday, August 06, 2016
It was the first time that Reddick, who became a Dodger on Monday in a deadline-day trade with the Oakland A’s, had met Ortiz in person.
“Immediately I knew I loved the guy because he put all the hitters into a room and he talked for a solid hour about hitting and how to approach things,” Reddick recalled. “That right there was a great first impression when I got there. (In the majors) he was the same guy. He came up to me and talked to me about what the starter had that night. Told me to come to the cage with him. Just broke down every single aspect of this game, of hitting, that you could.
“I was just in awe. I just sat there and listened.”
Monday, July 25, 2016
Saturday, July 02, 2016
That’s some good company.
What happened was that it was Big Papi’s 522nd career home run. And diehard Sox fans don’t need a calculator to know that 522 is one more than 521.
As in the number of home runs Ted Williams hit during his iconic, Hall of Fame career.
Yes, it’s true Ortiz also passed Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas, themselves the owners of 521 home runs. Sure, that’s a swell angle: With one swing of the bat, Ortiz stepped past not one, not two, but three Hall of Famers.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The retirement tours are too much for us too Papi.
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he regrets announcing that this will be his final season in the majors.
The Dominican star feels overwhelmed by all the attention he has received, which he said has affected his extended preparation time before each game.
“I’m too busy. I have too many things to do. I barely have time to do anything,” Ortiz told ESPN Deportes following the Red Sox’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. “It’s very difficult for me. If I had even imagined that it would be so difficult, I wouldn’t have announced anything. There are too many people I have to pay attention to, and on top of that I have to prepare for a game.”
Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 48 comment(s)
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Red Sox should not be giving him $25 million.
The Red Sox do hold club options that max out at $16 million for the next two seasons. For now, the organization is respecting Ortiz’s choice to retire with more than $150 million earned and burgeoning businesses he wants to nurture.
“I’m happy with the decision that I made,” Ortiz said, “and my feet are happy with the decision that I made, and my wife is happy with the decision that I made. I’ve got to wait until next year when I ain’t doing [expletive] to see how it’s gonna hit home. Because I’m not gonna lie to you, I don’t know. I think I played enough baseball.”
“Hopefully,” he said, “nobody comes to me and offers $25 million, either.”
So you’re telling me there’s a chance?
“I don’t even want to talk about it,” Ortiz said. “Like I said, I’m good with the decision that I made right now. But would you leave $25 million on the table? I don’t want nobody to offer me that.”
Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Some people are clamoring for David Ortiz to renounce his decision to retire at the end of the year. I’m not one of them. Ortiz keeps talking about the problems he has with his legs and the amount of work he needs to do to play. He has also talked about missing time with his family. So, although I am enjoying his final season, I’d rather see him go out at the top of his game as he enjoys his last season rather than watch him try to force another season, which might very well turn into an injury-filled, poor performance disappointment.
“We travel to all these ballparks and he’s presented gifts, but I think our fans are getting the greatest gift of all and that is seeing what David is going game in and game out,” manager John Farrell said, “I don’t know if we’ve seen too many triples, but to see that big guy rumbling around the bases and the energy he had. Then to come up in a spot where maybe we were thinking they might not even pitch to him, he gets a pitch — a changeup out over the plate.
“And we just kept coming. We created a number of opportunities in the later innings, but what David is doing, it really is incredible to watch daily.”
Posted: May 15, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 28 comment(s)
Friday, May 13, 2016
It’s been a long time since I thought of ballplayers being anything more than great athletes. Nevertheless, it nice when players make time to improve the lives of their fans.
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Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
Monday, May 09, 2016
Steven Wright has been very impressive.
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Looking at PitchF/X data from Brooks Baseball, Farrell was both right and wrong. The 3-1 pitch was a strike. The 3-2 pitch, after which Ortiz had to be restrained from going after Kulpa, was low. It was not so low as to match Farrell’s assertion that Ortiz “needed a hockey stick” to reach it, but it should have been Ball 4.
It’s important to remember, though, that the 3-2 pitch came after the 3-1 pitch and a reaction by Ortiz that was so animated, Farrell needed to come out and get ejected on the slugger’s behalf. It is not fair or right that umpires expand the strike zone in such situations, but that has been the case for a century and a half of baseball. Ortiz, a major leaguer since 1997, has been around long enough to know that if you’re that demonstrative with a protest of a called strike, and somehow are lucky enough not to get thrown out of the game, if the next pitch is anywhere close — which it was — you’d better be swinging the bat. ...
The incident illuminates a point that everyone already is aware of, but that needs to be made, explicitly, as a reminder. Calling balls and strikes, in real time, at full speed, is an incredibly difficult job that human umpires do remarkably well, all things considered.
As Ortiz said, though, “They’re human, and they’re going to make mistakes.” The difference is that, in 2016, awareness of those mistakes is heightened. There is a strike zone tracker on television broadcasts, not to mention on Major League Baseball’s website and phone apps. There are Twitter accounts that not only track close ball-strike calls, but tell you, immediately, how often a pitch in a certain location is called the same way.
Friday, May 06, 2016
We’re still talking about this retirement thing?
Maybe there will be some stretch this season when David Ortiz plunges into a prolonged slump, giving some indication of why the designated hitter felt it necessary to retire following the 2016 campaign.
But right now, Ortiz’s offseason announcement seems more like a premature caprice than an unavoidable choice.
Team owner John Henry ought to have an intimate discussion with his most important player about deferring his decision at least one more season by waving a $25 million check before his eyes. And if that doesn’t convince the 40-year-old to come back for 2017, ask him again. And again.
Beg. Plead. Bribe. Whatever.
Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jones checked all the requisite boxes. But nothing could prepare them for the reception in previously hostile environs.
“When I walked onto Citi Field for the last time, there were still boos,” Jones said. “There were people who didn’t want to stand up and acknowledge it was my last time. That’s why they’re called fanatics. They’re fanatical for their team, and anything else just won’t do. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
“You’ve been trying to stick a dagger in the hearts of those fans your whole career, so it means something when they recognize what a respected foe you were. That’s all we want as professional athletes—the respect from peers and people throughout the game who know the game. To receive that gratification from your fan base and other fan bases as well, it allows you to walk away from the game with your head held high.”
Thursday, March 31, 2016
For the majority of Red Sox fans, Ted Williams stands alone. He is not only the greatest hitter in team history, he is arguably the greatest hitter who ever lived. It is a goal he once set for himself, one many in baseball believe he achieved. Who would quarrel with that?
Perhaps the newest generation of Sox fans, the millennials, for whom 10 years ago is considered the Pleistocene Epoch? To them, no one ever has swung the bat or ruled the Sox like David Ortiz. He is their Ted, with better jewelry.
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