FORT MYERS, Fla (CBS) — Both David Ortiz and John Henry addressed the media Wednesday at the Red Sox complex here at JetBlue Park.
David Ortiz was very up front and honest – as he usually is – talking about his contract when he met with the collective media.
The World Series MVP also held court with a few members of the media during batting practice at one of the fields, where he was his usual jovial-self. Ortiz talked a number of things, including his charity golf tourney in the Dominican. Papi spoke about the children he helps and visits at the hospital, where the proceeds from his golf tourney benefit.
John Henry arrived today, and said it was “conceivable” that the Red Sox would add a year on to Ortiz’s contract, and it’s something that could happen down here this spring.
What did I take from the day? It’s the same as always.
Ortiz needs to be motivated. Yes, he loves and lives the game but he needs more. So, he talks about his contract. He wants a deal while he’s a hot commodity(he reminded everyone he’s “one of the greatest to wear this uniform”) and is going for it.
You know what? I don’t mind it.
I will say it again: if David Ortiz is upset about his contract (or maybe more at the few critics who get on his case) but goes out and hits 30 home runs with 100 RBIs in the regular season, and then does his thing in the playoffs (hard to expect another .688 batting average like the World Series, but we can dream), then OK! Keep it up!
Isn’t that what you want as a Red Sox fan? He’s not hurting anyone. He’s not getting arrested. He’s not ticking off ownership (as Henry confirmed Wednesday) or his teammates, who called him “Cooperstown” in the World Series.
Years from now, when Ortiz is retired, do you think people will say: “Ortiz was a great player who won three World Series titles with the Red Sox and was maybe the greatest DH ever, but all he did was complain about his contract!”?
There a zero chance of people saying the last part. Zero.
Just let it be and enjoy one of the greatest all-around hitters in Red Sox history, and hope that it goes for many more contracts to come.
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