Here we go again.
It was nice to go through a year without hearing David Ortiz complain about his contract. Of course, last year Ortiz was in the first year of a two-year contract for the first time in a while. It's when Ortiz starts sensing his contract expiring that he begins hinting at being disrespected.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported that the never bashful David Ortiz was already beginning to shoot off his mouth at a charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic on Friday. Here's the part that bothers me:
When asked if he would want to wait until the end of the season to renegotiate another year, Ortiz said, “What for? You know what’s going to happen if I’m healthy and good to go. I just hate the situation where I have to sit down at the end of the year and talk about my following year. Let’s do it now. We’re world champs right now.”
Yes, David, we get it. You're awesome. You hit .688 against the Cardinals and were the 2013 World Series MVP. The Red Sox, probably, aren't even in the World Series were it not for your dramatic grand slam (all you security guards-- put your hands up in the air, and wave them around like you just don't care) against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS.
I'm sure it hurts you to see friends like Robinson Cano get $240 million from Seattle. Your former teammate, Jacoby Ellsbury, got $153 million from the Yankees. He wasn't even the best player on your team. You were and still are, dammit!
Too bad you weren't ten years younger. You could ask for a ten-year... I don't know, just spitballing here... $250 million contract? $275 million? Not these measly $13-14 million per year contracts you've had to settle for the last half-decade.
You're (bleeping) David Ortiz, after all.
I don't know. I get sick of it. Would a little humility hurt? Does he always have to go public with his displeasure with his contract, the scorekeeper, the dugout phone?
I've never seen a Boston icon that I've had as hard a time liking as David Ortiz. I don't trust his love for Boston. I think he is a fake. There. I said it.
“If you go crazy and give contracts to whoever comes along despite not knowing how they’re going to do, then you don’t give me my due consideration, even though I do my thing every year, [expletive] that,” Ortiz told the newspaper. “I’m going to be open to anything. My mentality is not going to be, ‘I like it here.’ It’s going to be, ‘Bring it to the table, and we’ll see what happens.’”
That same article quoted Ortiz as saying that Boston was becoming the same "[expletive] hole" that it used to be.
Ortiz is all about himself and his brand. He has become a caricature of himself. He is "Big Papi."
I have never had a doubt that if Ortiz was ever allowed to fully explore free agency and was offered just a smidgen more by the Yankees that he would have jumped ship without a second thought. Papi would have licked his chops at the endorsement possibilites in New York. He'd be an even bigger star. He'd be "Huge Papi."
Remember when he came to the defense of his friend Alex Rodriguez after the Ryan Dempster beaning incident?
What would have happened if Ortiz went to the Yankees? Boston sports fans would hold Ortiz up in the same light as Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens, Jacoby Ellsbury, Wes Welker, Ray Allen, etc.
But the fact of the matter is Ortiz has been instrumental in the Red Sox winning three World Championships. His words following the Boston Marathon bombings will become immortalized. Someday, a statue will be erected outside Fenway Park in his honor.
I just wish I could have liked him more.