Monday, January 27, 2014

David Ortiz Throws Down The Contract Gauntlet

Ortiz With FN's Editor-In-Chief
In an interview with WBZ-TV's Steve Burton on Sunday, World Series MVP David Ortiz said he wants to retire in Carmine Hose—but. And, it's a big but. He also said if the team does not offer him a multi-year contract after this year (in which he makes $15 million), then "it's time to move on". While we can certainly understand Papi's desire to insure a dignified end to a potential Hall of Fame career, we think this demand is—at best—ill-timed. With The Nation still reveling in the 2013 ring—and getting set to enjoy the start of Spring Training—the last thing they want to hear is one of their heroes griping about money. This is especially true of an icon they have revered since the day he stepped into the Red Sox clubhouse. When asked how long he might play, Ortiz made the following ill-advised (and inaccurate) response, "It can be two years, it can be three years, it can be 10 years. You never know." Asked about donning other laundry, he said, "...if I have to, I've got no choice, I'm not going to quit." Papi, Papi, Papi. Come on!