David Ortiz Newsbeat
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.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
“People want to talk about old school. I am old school,” said Ortiz. “How many [expletives] are in the game right now who played in 1997 in the big leagues?”
“Whenever somebody criticizes a power hitter for what we do after we hit a home run, I consider that person someone who is not able to hit a homer ever in his life,” Ortiz told the Globe. “Look at who criticizes the power hitters in the game and what we do. It’s either a pitcher or somebody that never played the game. Think about it. You don’t know that feeling. You don’t know what it takes to hit a homer off a guy who throws 95 miles per hour. You don’t know anything about it. And if you don’t know anything about it, [shut up]. [Shut up]. Seriously. If you don’t know anything about it, [shut up], because that is another level.”
Posted: March 23, 2016 at 03:25 PM | 34 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
David Ortiz watched the Red Sox honor Mariano Rivera on his last trip to Fenway Park. He was there to see Derek Jeter make his final appearance in Boston.
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is the best, the most emotional, the biggest of them all.
The 2016 season is Ortiz’s final lap as a player. He knows the drill. He doesn’t want treasure. He doesn’t need another painting. Save the rocking chair for someone else.
When Ortiz, 40, makes his final Yankee Stadium appearance on Sept. 29, this is what he wants, and it speaks volumes about Ortiz the player, the competitor, the enemy, the star.
“You know what I want most of all?’’ Big Papi told The Post on Tuesday at JetBlue Park. “I would love it if the fans at Yankee Stadium gave me a standing ovation.’’
It only seems fair after we gave one to Jetes and Mo.
for his generous support.
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