Posts Tagged ‘David Ortiz’

BOSTON MEDIA LOOKS TO RUN ANOTHER SUPERSTAR OUT OF TOWN

April 7, 2010

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 DAVID ORTIZ

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.

BIG PAPI ADMITS TO USING “VITAMINS”

August 8, 2009

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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz held a press conference today to address a New York Times report that he tested positive for a banned substance in 2003. Ortiz says he took “supplements and vitamins” which led to the positive drug test.

Baseball’s new union head set the tone for Ortiz’s defense earlier in the day when he pointed out that there was no mention of WHICH PED’s players tested positive for on the 2003 list.

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DAVID ORTIZ

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July 30, 2009

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MANNY RAMIREZ AND DAVID ORTIZ

The New York Times is reporting that both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. The pair were the top sluggers on the BostonRed Sox championship teams in 2004 and 2007.

There were reportedly 103 players who had positive drug tests in 2003. Those names were supposedly confidential, however seven players on that list have now been publicly identified including Ramirez, Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Jason Grimsley and David Segui.

FOR A GUY WHO’S NOT BENCHED, DAVID ORTIZ DOESN’T PLAY A LOT

May 17, 2009

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DAVID ORTIZ

Thursday, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had the worst game of his life. Ortiz went 0 for 7 against the Los Angeles Angles. He stranded 12 runners on base.

Following the debacle against the Angels, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced he was sitting Ortiz, although he stressed he was not benching the veteran superstar DH. That’s funny. You could have fooled everybody else:

 

Boston Globe: “Ortiz is stranded on the bench”

AP: “Red Sox bench Ortiz”

Providence Journal: “Struggling Ortiz benched for Friday, and maybe longer”

 

Unbelievably, Ortiz has zero homers on the season. He’s hitting .208. In six previous seasons with the Red Sox, Big Papi hit 232 home runs. From 2003-2007 Ortiz averaged nearly 42 homers and over 128 RBI’s per year and was a huge part, literally, of the Red Sox winning two World Championships.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IS NOW GIVING TRADE ADVICE

May 11, 2009

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DAVID ORTIZ

An article by Dave Cameron in today’s Wall Street Journal says the Boston Red Sox should consider trading Big Papi. Cameron says, although it was once “unthinkable” Boston needs to trade DH David Ortiz. He says the Red Sox could then “put that money toward” a shortstop.

Cameron makes no mention of just why the Red Sox need to save money. Nor does he mention just who in the hell would trade for an aging, overweight guy with one home run this season who makes $12.5 million. After all, if the Red Sox can’t afford Ortiz, who can?

In the same article, Cameron also says the Tampa Bay Rays should trade pitcher Scott Kazmir and advises the Seattle Mariners to get rid of outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

The Wall Street Journal needs to NEVER write about sports again.