BOSTON (CBS) — David Ortiz is 39 years old. There’s no getting around the fact that he’s nearing the end of his career. It’s hard to hit a baseball — and even harder to score from second — when you’re 40.
Still, the designated hitter doesn’t feel as though he’s done just yet, and when he was asked how long he’s going to play, Ortiz pointed to a certain Patriots quarterback.
“I don’t know. Guys asked the same question to Tom Brady last year. Now what? I bet you that you want him to be your quarterback once again,” Ortiz said of the Super Bowl MVP.
Ortiz said he heard all of the negative things said about Brady before this past season. Himself entering a 13th season in Boston, having experienced life as an athlete in the city pre-championship as well as post-championship, Ortiz has heard it all and could relate.
“All the trash people were talking about him, this and that,” Ortiz said. “I was listening to that in the Dominican. We barely watch football over there. But I watched the Super Bowl. I was like, Man … maybe they’re not gonna learn in Boston. We are like the wine. Remember that.”
While Ortiz was on the topic, reporters asked him if he agreed with Pete Carroll’s call to pass from the 1-yard line.
“No, no. I would have run through it. But that’s the game. Some people win, some people lose, and a mistake has to happen for you to win sometimes,” Ortiz said. “But I’m very happy and proud of the Patriots, plus my man Brady. That was pretty awesome.”
Despite the admiration, Ortiz was reminded that Brady now has four championship rings — one more than the Sox slugger.
“I know,” Ortiz said. “That’s my motivation now.”