Well this is certainly interesting. And timely, too.
Days away from being honored by the Twins this weekend as part of his season-long farewell tour, former Twin David Ortiz is the subject of a USA Today piece by Bob Nightengale. The story centers on the 40-year-old's season to date with the Red Sox, putting up MVP-type numbers even as he knows at the end of each game he is one step closer to retirement of a likely Hall of Fme career.
"My mind is made up," Ortiz reaffirmed to Nightengale.
It's a pretty glowing piece ... for 2/3 of the 1,500 words, anyway.
That's when the daggers come out with regards to Minnesota's decision to release him way back when.
We'll just let Ortiz, whom the Twins are planning to honor on Friday night, take it from here.
“I ain’t going to lie to you,’’ Ortiz said, “I was crushed at the time. Minnesota was the only thing I had known. I was leaving my boys. But I kept doing what I’ve done my whole life, and that was proving people wrong. I was always the guy that had to go through the toughest time to get where I need to be."
OK, fair enough. Not exactly the first time Ortiz has brought this up.
Oh, but there's more:
“What was funny is that when I played in Minnesota, they didn’t even know they had a major-league baseball team. I used to walk around the street and people didn’t know who the hell we were. Nobody used to come to the Metrodome to watch games. Going to the Metrodome to watch a game was like sacrificing one of your kids."
Gulp. Anything else, Big Papi?
“The thing that helped me was getting away from that turf. I got to the big leagues when I was 21, and a year later, I had so much pain in my body because of that turf. It was the worst. I went to Fenway, and the pain was gone.
“Looking back, everything worked out pretty damn good."
So, um. OK. Welcome (??) back to the Twin Cities, David ...