Ortiz With FN's Editor-In-Chief (FenwayNation Photo)
David Ortiz is mired in an uncharacteristic 0-22 slump. Despite the slide, he's still hitting over .300 and is among the offensive leaders in the American League. As the Globe's Peter Abraham reports, Ortiz met with the media last night after going 0-4 and leaving some precious runners on base in an ultimate 3-2 loss. Said Ortiz, “I’m just missing pitches. You have to stay aggressive and keep on battling. It happens to everybody. I’m a player just like anyone else. I’m not going to put pressure on myself now. I don’t think we have time for that, you know? You’ve just got to keep on playing. That’s the only way you can get out of it." Manager John Farrell is sticking with the veteran, which is really the only course he can take. Ortiz will overcome this bump in the road. After all, as he says, "This happens sometimes. It’s not the end of the world, you know what I’m saying? Papi can struggle, too. I’ll be back."