What’s David Ortiz ever done for the Red Sox and the city of Boston? Except win them TWO World Championships after an 87-year drought.

Just two games into the 2010 season, Ortiz is already getting KILLED by the Boston media as being washed up. Ortiz is taking a beating in both of the Boston newspapers, sports talk radio, and tv after taking an 0-for-7 in the Red Sox first two games of the season (compounded by the fact that those games came against the hated New York Yankees.) Pretty much the same thing happened last season after Big Papi got off to a brutal start yet managed to finish with 28 homers and 99 RBIs.

The media in Boston has a long history of turning on the city’s sports superstars. Roger Clemens was run out of town after a series of “he’s-too-fat-to-ever-be-a-winning pitcher-again” columns appeared in both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. Clemens left the Red Sox, signing with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997 where he promptly won two straight pitching triple crowns (leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts.) Clemens then won a World Championship and another Cy Young Award with the Red Sox hated rivals, the New York Yankees. He eventually moved on, winning his FOURTH Cy Young since leaving Boston with the Houston Astros.

In the 70s, players like Carlton Fisk (a New England native), and Fred Lynn left Boston on less than stellar terms with the local media. Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, and Johnny Damon were all kicked in the head on the way out of town and NO Boston athlete in history had a more bitter parting than Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez.

Other Boston sports legends like Ted Williams, Jim Rice and Bill Russell HATED the local media but were never traded, despite a rocky relationship. Theories abound as to why the Boston media treats its sports stars so shabbily. They range from jealousy to racism. African-American Boston athletes and coaches from K.C. Jones to Tommy Harper have all experienced profound acts of racism in Boston.

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