David Ortiz Calls Donald Trump’s Remarks About Mexico ‘A Slap In The Face’

BOSTON (CBS) – David Ortiz rarely weighs in on politics, but he’s taking aim at presidential candidate Donald Trump’s policies in a new interview.

The Red Sox slugger told USA Today that Trump’s border wall proposal and comments about Mexico sending rapists and criminals to the United States “didn’t sit well with me.”

“When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face,” Ortiz told the newspaper, referring to Latinos in general. “As Latin people we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from.”

Ortiz added that Mexicans who come to the U.S. are “willing to do all the dirty work.”

“Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy,” Ortiz said. “Whoever opposes that is going to lose.”

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Big Papi, 40, has said he plans to retire after this season. He told USA Today that he’s more concerned about his off-the-field legacy than his impressive stats on the field.

“That matters to me more than any home runs I’ve hit,” Ortiz said. “It may inspire some of the young players coming up to try to emulate the things I’ve done right.”

And what does Ortiz plan to do once he puts down the bat for good? According to USA Today, he’s talked with Major League Baseball about a role promoting the game down the road. He also wants to open an academy in the Dominican Republican that would help baseball prospects manage their finances.


One Comment

  1. Dennis says:

    Stick to baseball, Papi. You’re way out of your league in politics. People who come into this country ILLEGALLY are breaking the law and don’t deserve respect. That’s the bottom line.

  2. paul dowd says:

    If anyone is out of his league in politics itsTrump. He proves it every time he opens his mouth.

    1. mstarvin says:

      Absolutely….How dare Trump threaten to enforce US laws!! The nerve!! Do you ever listen to yourself you pompous a55???

  3. Ernie H. says:

    Papi, you are right on the money. The one thing people in this country who have been spoiled to death do not realize is that the Mexican and other illegal immigrants have been picking their fruit and vegetables, cleaning their fancy hotels, mowing their grass and trimming their shrubs all the while paying the least amount of money for those services. So start thinking about paying double or triple for your produce and getting the work done around your houses for a whole lot more money if Trump has his way. The believers out there need to see Trump for what he is, a fraud.

    1. hammerhead says:

      folks like you are what we call ENABLERS who look the other way while our laws are broken, what’s Mexicos immigration policy? oh yeah they put you in jail ! ever wonder why there’s no jobs for high school kids or why so many americans are out of work? i have news for you, these are jobs that Americans used to do! but now have been undercut by non tax paying illegals who work under the table.
      dish washer, land scaper, junkyard, janitor these are all jobs that i did as a kid now all gone, i feel to see where it states we must supply jobs for workers from other countries!

  4. Judith LaBonte says:

    i’m not Latino; but, i have nieces and nephews with Hispanic blood and i have many lovely neighbors in my high-rise apartment building with 195 units. We also have a lot of Spanish speaking folks in my church – and i consider this insulting as they are all lovely folks. You see i speak Spanish as a SECOND language, to some degree, and i have taken the TIME to get to know them. Yes there are bad apples in the Spanish speaking community – as there are in all communities. But, as with the majority of the human race, they are the exceptions, not the rule. So i agree. David Ortiz is correct.

  5. hammerhead says:

    hey Papi , they willing to steal all the US jobs and work for peanuts then send all the money back to Mexico while paying no taxes

  6. hammerhead says:

    i feel that Latin Americas policies when it comes to illegal immigration to their countries, like imprisonment and fines is a slap in the face towards anglos who may want to sneak into say Mexico, Guatemala or even the Dominican republic

  7. hammerhead says:

    maybe David would like to talk to all those who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegals? the list is long!

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