David Ortiz won’t feel ‘comfortable’ with one-year deal
|09.24.10 at 9:38 am ET|
In an interview for The Bradford Files podcast, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz explained that he won’t feel ‘comfortable’ playing under a one-year deal for next season, citing his discomfort with going through some of the pressures that he experienced throughout the 2010 campaign.
“I always let you guys know how much interest I have in finishing my career here. I’m not going to feel comfortable coming back here just for a year just to re-live all the pressure and all the stuff I’ve been through. I don’t think it’s fair for myself. I think about things and I go through a lot of things mentally, especially for this club,” Ortiz said.
“The Red Sox are in my blood. If there is an organization that I always look at as home, as it’s part of me, it’s this one. This is the organization I’ve been the longest with. I carry a lot of responsibility playing for this ballclub. I try to keep up with it. But I don’t think I can keep up with all the crap that you go through just because you cool off for one week or one month. I think the only way you can stay away from that when people know you have a guaranteed contract.”
Asked if that meant he was hoping not to play under the one-year deal he could potentially be committed to if the Red Sox pick up his $12.5 million option for next season, Ortiz said, “I don’t feel like it, unless I have to. I want to be what I was here and be part of this ballclub until I finish my career. I feel for this ballclub. Believe or not, every year I try to work harder to put up the numbers that I put up there. Even going through some tough situations I think I’ve done a pretty good job.”
Ortiz confirmed that an ideal situation would most likely to sign the kind of multi-year deal that would allow him to retire as a member of the Red Sox.
“Probably,” the 34-year-old said when asked if he wanted to sign a deal that would lead to his retirement. “Everybody has an end. Everybody has a finish. When I walk out of here after I play my last game with the Red Sox I want to walk out through a big door because I pull myself together for that. If things don’t work out that way, there’s not too much you can do about it. That would be a huge completion for me.”
Ortiz is currently hitting .261 with 31 homers and 96 RBI.
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