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."
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Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
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Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We debate the hit, and what Shawn Thornton deserves to get and will get for a suspension from the NHL when he faces his discipline hearing on Friday for his K/O hit of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.
We check in with Jack Edwards of NESN and focus on the Bruins, and more specifically Sean Thornton's upcoming discipline hearing for his cheap-shot hit on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.
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John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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