|Pedro Martinez on Trenni & Tomase: ‘I still believe David [Ortiz] is going to give it another try’ and return to baseball||01.21.17 at 9:58 pm ET|
Still dreaming of David Ortiz rejoining the Red Sox? Perhaps this will make you feel better — Pedro Martinez believes it’s going to happen.
Speaking on the Trenni & Tomase program on Saturday from Foxwoods, where the Red Sox were holding their Winter Weekend, Martinez made it clear that he’s 100 percent skeptical of Ortiz’s decision to retire, and believes it’s only a matter of time before he laces up his cleats again.
“David says he’s retired,” Martinez said. “But I still believe David is going to give it another try. I don’t know why I have that feeling that David might want to do that. I just don’t see David, having the type of season that he had, and having the success that he was still having, sitting at home wasting it. David is too smart. I still believe David is going to feel the little itch of coming back to spring training.”
What gives Martinez such confidence in this bold prediction, which flies in the face of literally everything Ortiz has said since announcing his retirement before last season?
“Because imagine, I’m one of his closest friends,” Martinez said. “And I’m going to have to come to spring training, so he’s going to be left in the Dominican alone. I know that he needs some time off. If he stays at home with his wife, his kids, it’s going to get boring sooner or later, and I believe he’s going to come over.
“I think the toughest thing is going to be when he finds himself with so much time, and not having a regimen to follow,” Martinez added. “That’s going to be really difficult for David, a man that’s used to swinging the bat 500 times a day, mingling with his friends and teammates and all that. It’s just going to be difficult.”
Martinez knows how hard it is to walk away. He retired after pitching in the 2009 World Series for the Phillies and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer five years later.
“[Ortiz] always laughs when I tell him that comfy is not that simple,” Martinez said. “To just sit at home and see every other player, every other friend you have go away, and then you’re sitting at home and not having something to do, it’s really difficult to deal with.”
So what Martinez is saying is there’s a chance, then? He’s not closing the door on Big Papi pulling on No. 34 again?
“No. No, I’m not,” he said. “And I won’t. Until the year goes by, I won’t.”
|David Ortiz invoked in Jeff Sessions attorney general confirmation hearings||01.10.17 at 2:40 pm ET|
David Ortiz may be retired, but he hasn’t been forgotten on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Speaking at the confirmation hearings of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated for attorney general by President-elect Donald Trump, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse invoked Ortiz while questioning Sessions’ history of questionable racial positions.
“We have a vibrant Dominican community, who look at Big Papi, David Ortiz, swinging his bat for the Red Sox, and wonder why you said, ‘Almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us,'” said Whitehouse in reference to a 2006 speech that is available on Sessions’ official website.
In response to Whitehouse, Sessions explained that he was referring to the fact that most immigration is based on family connections, rather than proof of skills that could be useful in the U.S.
“The immigration flow from almost all of our countries, frankly, is based on family connection and other visas, rather than a skill-based program, more like Canada has today,” Session said. “And that’s all I intended to be saying there. . . . Please don’t see that as a diminishment or a criticism of the people of the Dominican Republic.”
Red Sox fans would certainly question Sessions’ opinions on the issue.
|David Ortiz launches Red Sox fans into frenzy by cryptically tweeting at Boston Globe||01.09.17 at 11:31 pm ET|
Red Sox fans can’t quit David Ortiz. It’s understandable.
What makes far less sense is the frenzy Ortiz whipped them into on Monday night when he tweeted a blank message at the Boston Globe.
What did he mean to say? That he’s coming out of retirement to lead the Red Sox to one more World Series title? That he has decided to outlast Tom Brady? That he wants Isaiah Thomas to be an All-Star?
Or maybe it’s just that he never got his paper today.
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) January 10, 2017
We may never know, because despite over 600 retweets — as well as a response from the Globe reminding him, “You can tell us anything!” — Ortiz hasn’t clarified what he meant, if it was an accident, or what. Maybe he never will.
In any event, we breathlessly await an update.
p.s. He’s definitely staying retired. Let’s stop being a bunch of idiots.
|David Ortiz teases Red Sox fans with Instagram post hinting of rethinking retirement following Chris Sale trade||12.06.16 at 8:19 pm ET|
The news of the Red Sox trading for Chris Sale quickly spread around baseball on Tuesday, including to David Ortiz.
The former Red Sox designated hitter posted a picture on Instagram from the Red Sox’ account of Sale with the caption: My god my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking ?
Ortiz officially retired on Nov. 15 after the Red Sox exercised his $17.2 million option for 2017 earlier in the month.
|Mookie Betts (MVP), Rick Porcello (Cy Young) named AL awards finalists; David Ortiz, John Farrell are not||11.07.16 at 7:27 pm ET|
Mookie Betts could win his first MVP award in just his second full season. David Ortiz now knows he will never take home that hardware.
Major League Baseball announced its award finalists on Monday night, and a pair of Red Sox were represented.
Betts was named a finalist for MVP, while right-hander Rick Porcello is in the running for the Cy Young Award.
Betts, 24, will be joined by former winner Mike Trout, who has finished no worse than second in four previous seasons, as well as Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who won the batting title.
Those three squeezed out Ortiz, who finished his career with the greatest offensive walk-off season in history. Ortiz mashed 38 homers and drove in a league-leading 127 runs to claim the Hank Aaron Award, given to the best hitter in each league.
On the pitching side, Porcello is a finalist for the first time. He’ll be matched up with a pair of former winners — Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Detroit’s Justin Verlander. Porcello led the league with 22 wins and a 5.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
On the manager side, Red Sox skipper John Farrell was not a finalist, beaten out by Cleveland’s Terry Francona, Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, and Texas’s Jeff Banister.
|JetBlue names gate No. 34 after David Ortiz at Logan Airport||11.05.16 at 3:28 pm ET|
At this rate, everything in Boston is eventually going to be named for David Ortiz.
According to the Associated Press, Gate No. 34 at Logan Airport will be renamed in Ortiz’s honor by JetBlue. The announcement was made by a JetBlue employee during a party honoring the retired star in the Seaport District on Friday.
‘”You mean I’m going to have my own gate at the airport?” Ortiz said at the party. “You’re [messing] with me, aren’t you?”
Ortiz was named the best hitter in the American League after an historic walk-off season that saw him hit .315 with 38 homers and 127 RBIs.
Ortiz retires after 14 seasons with the Red Sox, who picked up his 2017 option, even though he has made it clear he’s not coming back.
|Red Sox president Sam Kennedy on OM&F: John Farrell ‘the right guy to continue to lead this franchise’||10.12.16 at 11:55 am ET|
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday morning, following Tuesday’s press conference in which the team announced John Farrell will return as manager. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Kennedy supported Tuesday’s decision on Farrell, saying, “I think he’s the right guy to continue to lead this franchise.”
However, Kennedy was unclear where the team stands on Farrell’s 2018 option. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that it would be ownership’s call.
“Dave will make a recommendation to ownership, and I have a seat at that table. We’ll talk about that in the coming days, to be sure,” Kennedy explained. “He knew he was going to get that question [about Farrell’s future] yesterday, again, right after a tough loss, and just wanted to address what we all knew, which was John will be back next year. [Dombrowski] will sit down and talk with us, specifically John Henry and Tom Werner, about a lot of these operations issues that we’re facing now in the immediate aftermath of going out in the postseason, including John Farrell’s option. So that will be discussed. But there’s a lot of other decisions that have to be made as well. Some will be recommendations from Dave, and some will just be firm decisions that he’s empowered to make on his own.”
Looking at the team’s disappointing performance in the ALDS, Kennedy said he can’t pinpoint a clear reason for the sweep at the hands of the Indians.
“What makes this the best baseball market on the planet is that we’d all love to try and point to one or two specific things,” Kennedy said. “I know my dad, for example, has his theories. He didn’t like the night in New York, after clinching the division and losing that awful game against the Yankees. Others may be quick to point to celebrations for David Ortiz.
“Look, if I knew what caused such a struggle with the bat in the postseason and not pitch our best, I’d probably be doing something else for a living, because I can’t point to a specific incident other than we just fell short of expectations. It was incredibly frustrating to watch those three games, because we felt we were positioned for a deep postseason run. At the end of the day, we didn’t get it done. I tip my cap to Terry Francona and [team president] Chris Antonetti and everyone at the Cleveland Indians. They beat us, and we have to tip our cap to them, as painful as it is to do that.”
|What job will David Ortiz have with Red Sox post-retirement?||10.11.16 at 4:52 pm ET|
Now that David Ortiz’s last game has come and gone, the question now is what will he do next?
The 40-year-old will likely have plenty of options from doing a lot of sponsorship work, to media work, to being involved with the Red Sox organization in some capacity, or he could just want to spend more time with his family.
A conversation between the Red Sox and Ortiz hasn’t occurred, but president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he would like to sit down with him and discuss possible options.
As it stands now, there are a number of former players who have remained in the organization like Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek and Keith Faulke in player development roles.
“David Ortiz can have a job in this organization any time he wants,” Dombrowski said. “He probably can write his job title that he would like. So we’d love to have David Ortiz as part of our organization. Yes he’s going to be welcomed to do that. I also know that he has a lot of other opportunities. I’m hopeful that he’ll remain with us no matter what because I know that he’s also going to be getting opportunities and sponsorship and broadcasting and all those types of things. But yes we would love to have him.”
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|Dustin Pedroia becomes longest-tenured Red Sox player after saying goodbye to David Ortiz||at 12:09 am ET|
This is Dustin Pedroia’s team now.
The Red Sox second baseman officially became the team’s longest-tenured member after Monday’s 4-3 season-ending loss to the Indians sent veteran slugger David Ortiz into retirement.
Pedroia debuted in 2006, two years after being drafted out of Arizona State in the second round. He earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2007 en route to his first World Series title, and then won an MVP award in 2008.
He was the youngest member of veteran teams at the time, but now the 33-year-old takes the mantle of leadership from Ortiz.
“It’s a little different,” he admitted. “Obviously it hasn’t sunk in that David won’t be around. But you know, it’s tough. . . . I mean, your mind tells you he’ll be here when the game ends and be here tomorrow. It’s got to end some way. But this is definitely not how we expected it to. It’s going to be tough not having him around.”
Pedroia had no explanation for baseball’s best offense getting shut down in the American League Division Series.
“We just couldn’t find our rhythm,” he said. “We couldn’t string consecutive hits or at-bats or anything. And to be honest with you, it’s more a credit to them. I mean, they were on the corners with good stuff. I mean, they pitched good. They played great. Sometimes, as frustrating as it is, you have to tip your cap. That’s why they’re moving on.”
Pedroia believed the Indians played near-perfect baseball in completing the sweep.
“It’s surprising, but they’re good, too,” he said. “It’s not what we expected to happen, but they played great. They played great. They played flawless, man. There wasn’t one part of their game that was off. They were on, and that’s why they’re winning, moving on.”
Pedroia couldn’t call the season a disappointment, not after the Red Sox went worst-to-first and won the American League East.
“I mean, everybody looks at it different,” he said. “We made a ton of steps forward. Obviously our goal is to win the World Series, and we didn’t do that. But I’m proud of every guy in here. I’m sure nobody in this room can sit back and say they could’ve done something different. We played as hard as we could. They just played better than us.”
And now the Red Sox move on to the next chapter, without Ortiz. Pedroia will have to fill that void.
“We made a ton of steps,” he said. “We’re in good shape. I think, especially what David did leadership-wise with a ton of guys, you know, he’s leaving us in good shape. We’ll be all right.”
|David Ortiz reflects on final moments at Fenway Park after getting emotional on field||at 12:06 am ET|
People who stuck around Fenway Park following Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Indians where Cleveland swept the Red Sox in the ALDS may have witnessed something that will never happen again in sports.
With it being David Ortiz’s final game, the crowd chanted, “Thank you Papi” following the final out and continued for several minutes with thousands of Red Sox fans still cheering for the slugger to come back on to the field one last time.
After roughly 10 minutes, the fans got their wish when Ortiz returned to the field and stood on the pitchers mound for several minutes saluting the fans who stayed in their seats where he showed a rare side of sadness.
“We went into the clubhouse after the last out and John [Farrell] had his moment with all of us,” Ortiz said. “I also said something to my teammates and the PR group came to me and told me that — right after the meeting they came and told me that the fans were expecting me. They were calling my name out there. I definitely always want to show the love to the fans.
“I start thinking I have my moment once I walk on to the mound, start looking around. That moment hits you, you know you’re never going to be able to be performing in the baseball world, in front of all this — no disrespect to anyone, but I think we have the best fans worldwide. It’s something that – it kind of hit me a little bit. I’m not going to lie to you.
“Like I’ve said, I’ve been trying to hold my emotions the best I can, but that last second I couldn’t hold it no more. That’s how we feel about what we do because we love what we do. I respect this game so much and love this game so much that as long as I play I want to always be one of the best. Not because of me, not because of my person, because I don’t really care about that. I really care about the fans. I really care about the emotion that they live through. I really care about everything that comes with it, community-wise, what we do off the field. It’s the whole package. It comes with a lot of things, so I really care about all that.”
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