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Fri, 10/29/2010 - 12:41pm  

Ortiz: 'Not comfortable' with one-year deal

Speaking to WEEI.com, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz explained why he wouldn't be "comfortable" coming back to the Red Sox on just a one-year contract, saying that he wants to avoid the 'roller-coaster' and 'controversy' of last season.

 

"To tell you the truth, like everybody knows, I want to be back, and I want to be here for a longer period of time. I'm just a little worn out because of the negativity that I've dealt with the last few years," Ortiz insisted. "I don't think there's any baseball player that can deal with all the distractions that I deal with and play baseball. It's hard. I'm not a super hero. I'm just another human being, like everyone else. I've got feelings. I want to give this team another World Series, and dealing with all the other crap with people telling you can't do it no more, or this and that, I have no room for that. Hopefully next week we'll sit down and make everyone happy."

 

Ortiz said that his representatives will be sitting down with the Red Sox next week, saying, "I'm pretty sure in one of the meetings I'll be there myself." The Red Sox have until three days after the completion of the World Series to decide on whether or not they are going to pick up Ortiz' team option of $12.5 million for next season.

 

Ortiz, who admitted his injured wrist still "wasn't right" when starting the 2009 season, is coming off his sixth 30-plus home run season of his career (32), the fifth-most in the American League. He was eighth in the AL in OPS (.899), while totaling the 10th-most RBI in the league (102). 

 

"I'm starting to analyze my numbers later in my career, and that's because of the crap people talk about," he said. "But at the end of the day, I'm one of the best hitters in the game.

 

"Every organization wishes they could have a guy like myself the past eight years. So am I supposed to be taking [crap] from anybody? No. I've been doing my thing. That's it. And I want to go back to that, because I'm a fun player. I'm a person who likes to have fun. I care about my team. I care about all the stuff that I do. I care about people around me. That's me. I'm not any different. When you're that open and that cool all the way around and you hear people trying to make your life impossible because that they want to sell newspapers, it makes no sense."

 

To read more of Ortiz' comments to WEEI.com click here. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.

 




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