Ortiz launches verbal fireworks at the Red Sox
BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- On a day when the nation celebrated its birthday with fireworks throughout the country, David Ortiz got in the holiday spirit Wednesday by launching some verbal fireworks at the Red Sox.
Papi expressed his frustration again with how contract negotiations went down last season.
In an interview Wednesday, Ortiz said being put through the arbitration process was “humiliating and embarrassing.”
Papi wanted the security of a two-year deal at $2.5 million a season but the Red Sox chose to go to arbitration. The two sides did avoid arbitration by settling on a 1-year deal but Ortiz remains angry and bitter.
Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington chose to take the high road when asked about the Ortiz. Cherington said, “We have enormous respect for David and one of our offseason priorities was keeping him with the Red Sox. We talked about a number of ways to do that, but ultimately David’s acceptance of arbitration focused our efforts on a one-year deal. We were glad to reach a settlement with David prior to a hearing. David is having a terrific season and has been a leader on and off the field for us. We remain hopeful that David will finish his career with the Red Sox.”
Ortiz also expressed frustration with the big contracts the Red Sox have dished out recently without hesitation, rewarding other players while he continues to produce and wait for his due consideration.