The acrimony between David Ortiz, the recently retired Red Sox star, and the Twins, his first team, has been well chronicled over the years. But in his new memoir, which was released Tuesday, Ortiz goes after former Twins manager Tom Kelly and the front office anew for the way he was treated during his time in Minnesota from 1997 until his release after the 2002 season. His thoughts about the Twins are part of a review by Sports Illustrated's Jack Dickey.
"[A] characteristic of superior athlete tell-alls is the presence of a large chip on the memoirist's shoulder," Dickey writes.
On Kelly, Ortiz writes: "I know he's recognized as a good baseball man, but he struck me as a guy who believed his players were dumb. … There was a game where Kelly thought the team was too sloppy, so he ordered the players onto the field after the game. Come on. It's major league baseball. I'd never seen anyone do that before, and I haven't seen anyone do it since."