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Big Papi clears mind of off-field issues

Posted on: March 3, 2011 4:40 pm
OrtizBy Evan Brunell

David Ortiz believes that clearing his mind will go a long way towards helping him produce at the plate.

"I haven't felt like this for a while," Ortiz told of how well he has been feeling, which he believes is a major part of his fast start in spring training with a 5 for 8 beginning. "There were a lot of things that I had to correct, and I did in the offseason."

Ortiz said what he had to correct was not related to baseball, but was important in the sense that "when you're playing baseball you can't be thinking about some other things. Baseball is a very complicated business so you have to make sure your mind is clear so you can think about what you're doing."

Ortiz wouldn't clarify what he needed to fix, but said he feels people don't realize players have lives outside of baseball. "That life needs to be taken care of. You have family, you have kids, you have friends. A lot of stuff. In a situation like ours sometimes you don't pay attention to little things and they accumulate slowly. ... You've been accumulating things for years and then next thing you know you've got all that on top of you. Then people look at you and it seems you have a big old monkey on your back. Not anymore."

This is certainly true of Ortiz's recent years in Boston, where the usually gregarious slugger has seemed to withdraw in his shell over the last two years. Certainly, a big part of it has to do with how Ortiz struggled with criticism after getting off to slow starts each of the past two years. But perhaps a big amount had to do with off-the-field stuff, and Big Papi can already notice a difference.

"I can enjoy baseball now. What a difference," he said. "I don't even have my cell phone with me. That's your No. 1 enemy, your cell phone."

For all the improvement Ortiz seems to have made in this area, his personal life isn't entirely cleared of conflicts. He is headed to court after locking horns with hip-hop singer Jay-Z on a naming issue as the New York Post reports. Ortiz has a nightclub in the Dominican Republic named Forty Forty, and Jay-Z has taken umbrage to that, believing it a ripoff of his own 40/40 Club

The two sides met for three hours Monday but could not come to an agreement as Ortiz's business manager, Mark Walker, said Jay-Z wants "way too much" compensation. Ortiz had previously indicated a willingness to change the name or settle the dispute.

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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 4:35 pm

Big Papi clears mind of off-field issues

Let Ortiz and Jay-Z in the Octagon together to figure this one out.  I would love to see that match.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:44 pm

Big Papi clears mind of off-field issues

By the way, I find it disappointing you can justify the weight of Wells, Sandoval, etc. by equating their actual appearances at a position other than DH with athleticsm and justifying that as a way to be overweight. It's not as if Sandoval lost his job at 3B because of his weight and became a bench player because he couldn't hit because he was overweight.
Oh, wait...

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:41 pm
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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:39 pm

Big Papi clears mind of off-field issues

Eh, I'm not sure I agree with that. I will say that the DH role was largely responsible for him getting another shot at establishing himself in 2003 with the Red Sox, but that bat would have played at 1B for any team from 2003-08, and probably the last two years too. Way too many people look at the position of DH and leap to conclusions. Manny Ramirez played a terrible LF for years and belonged at DH. Why wasn't he there? Oh yeah -- Big Papi. Why wasn't Big Papi at first and Manny at DH? Because of the presence of Millar and then Youkilis, whereas Boston had no one behind Manny.

I'm certainly not disputing the impact the DH position has had on Ortiz's career, but again, you're painting with way too big a brush and unfortunately, you don't seem to have any interest in reasonable discussion, instead reverting to insults of someone you don't know and treating everything as if you have a sneer on your face.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 7:59 pm

Big Papi clears mind of off-field issues

You make my point for me. Although the players you listed are certainly hefty, they're athletic enough to be effective players at a REAL position. David Ortiz is such a slow, corpulent slob that if it weren't for the DH rule, he'd be doing color commentary in The Dominican Republic by now, and it's been that way for at LEAST five years. Try again.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:21 pm

Big Papi clears mind of off-field issues

That's pretty harsh and unrealistic. Look at Ortiz at the picture. Is he thin? No, but a lot of it is how he is built. He's in the best shape he has been in years. You would have a case back in 03+04 for that comment, but not now.
By the way, there are plenty of other players who play other positions and are overweight that don't DH. Pablo Sandoval before he dropepd weight this offseason comes to mind. David Wells, CC Sabathia (before dropping weight), Livan Hernandez, they all come to mind.
You're painting with an awfully big brush there, and a rather inaccurate one.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 4:55 pm

Big Papi clears mind of off-field issues

Great, now that he's cleared his mind, maybe he should clear his midsection of those excess folds of fat. The fact that David Ortiz is a baseball player shows what a joke the DH is.

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