BALTIMORE -- In his nine years in Boston, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been a central participant in the most significant era in franchise history, a time that has included both championships as well as some crushing defeats. While the loss in Game 7 of the 2003 World Series had set the standard for misery during Ortiz' tenure with the Sox, the 35-year-old said that the completion of the Sox' historic September collapse had raised the bar.
"Not even close. Not even close to what happened to us in ’03," said Ortiz. "We walked into September nine games ahead, and look where we’re at right now. It can’t go no worse than that. This is worse.
"I never put any attention to where we’re at. ... But at one point, I was like, ‘Wait a minute – we walked into September nine games ahead.’ Wow. It doesn’t matter what anybody here does. That’s going to stay in your head. That’s not a situation you want to be facing, but you learn from that."
Still, Ortiz was not yet prepared to absorb lessons. Instead, like many of his teammates, he was despondent as he tried to take stock of what had transpired with his team over the last month.
"At the moment, I can’t really talk too much," said Ortiz. "It’s horrible, man. Horrible."