David Ortiz on Boston: ‘I want I can provide them greater than what I already did’

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“That metropolis made me a greater participant, a greater particular person. It mainly acquired me higher at every little thing.”

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz holds the MVP trophy at Fenway Park at the start of the 2013 World Series Rolling Rally victory parade in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
David Ortiz received three World Collection titles in his 14 seasons with the Crimson Sox. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Workers

David Ortiz’s resume speaks for itself.

Throughout his 14 seasons in Boston, Ortiz earned 10 All-Star nods, seven Silver Slugger accolades, and performed a central position in three World Collection titles. His dominant play on the plate and postseason heroics finally led to his enshrinement in Cooperstown.

However throughout a latest look on “The Bret Boone Podcast”, Ortiz admitted that he wished he achieved much more throughout his lauded tenure with Boston. 

“Town of Boston is one thing that in my life, on the whole, has been a game-changer,” Ortiz mentioned. “I want I can provide them greater than what I already did as a result of that metropolis made me a greater participant, a greater particular person. It mainly acquired me higher at every little thing.”

Though Ortiz established himself as arguably the best designated hitter in baseball historical past, he acknowledged that he didn’t know what to anticipate when he first signed with Boston as a free agent in January 2003.

“It was the kind of dedication that you just don’t know in the event you’re going to stroll right into a dedication like that till you’re within the center,” Ortiz mentioned. “Generally that’s what I attempt to inform younger gamers these days. You don’t know who you’re getting married to till 10 years later.”

Regardless of clubbing 20 house runs and driving in 75 runs over 125 video games in his last season with the Twins in 2002, Ortiz’s first contract with Boston was a one-year, $1.25 million contract. He wasn’t even anticipated to be Boston’s go-to DH, with that position going to Jeremy Giambi within the early months of the 2003 marketing campaign.

At one level, that lack of taking part in time even prompted Ortiz to hunt a commerce out of Boston.

“David was annoyed and fairly down, although he tried to not let it seep into the clubhouse,” former Crimson Sox common supervisor Theo Epstein mentioned, as transcribed by NESN’s Mike Cole again in 2016. “He despatched [agent] Fern Cuza to see me, and we chatted within the participant car parking zone at Fenway after a sport.

Cuza mentioned that David beloved it in Boston, however that not being within the lineup was driving him loopy. He mentioned David needed to be traded until we may get him within the lineup day by day. I informed Fern to provide me per week and we’d discover a method to get David within the lineup.”

The remainder, as they are saying, is historical past.

“I’m married to that metropolis in the kind of method that I can by no means allow them to down, even now that I’m retired as a result of they embrace me like that and I don’t even know that I used to be strolling into that sport,” Ortiz mentioned. “However I like it.

“No matter I can do for that metropolis or for any metropolis in america, I’ll get it performed as a result of being an American citizen for a very long time, that nation has given my household and myself a chance and I’ll all the time respect that.”


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