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With Tim Wakefield retiring and Jason Varitek's future still uncertain, David Ortiz is the longest tenured member of the Red Sox. The veteran DH arrived at spring training on Wednesday, and he discussed how happy he was to be back with the club. Ortiz admits that there was a time this offseason when he was unsure if he'd be returning to Boston. But the seven-time All-Star said that the Boston fans are what motivates him to play hard and keep doing what he's doing. He said that you can't put a price on the crowd support he receives from Red...

David Ortiz Shoots With Both Hands, Says Jordan's Shootout Reminds Him of Batting Practice (Video)

Typically in batting practice, David Ortiz is smacking just about everything out of the park. On Friday, Ortiz took his skills to the basketball court and practiced his hoop skills. Big Papi used both hands, shooting with his left and right hand, during the competition and saw some solid results. But the money ball wouldn't go down for the Red Sox DH and he compared the effort...

David Ortiz Says He Confronted Pitchers About Clubhouse Behaviors, But Believes Stories Were Overblown

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz was certainly aware of the clubhouse escapades that took place last season. While the Red Sox slugger sat in the dugout with teammates, he noticed there were pitchers -- on their off days -- in the clubhouse drinking beer and occasionally eating fried chicken. Needless to say, Ortiz was irked. "Yeah, at one point it kind of caught your attention...

David Ortiz Says He's in Best Shape of Career, Feels Like an Underdog Heading in 2012

David Ortiz has appropriately been known as "Big Papi" since some of his earliest days in Boston. But it appears that the lovable Ortiz has transformed into a not-so-big Papi in preparation for the 2012 season. Papi showed up at Red Sox spring training facility having lost 20 pounds and feeling like he's in the best shape of his career. The 36-year-old was honest as...

David Ortiz Says Red Sox Have Moved Past 2011 Collapse, Boston Fans Deserve Better

The 2011 season ended miserably for David Ortiz and the Red Sox, but the DH says the team has put the past behind them and is focused on the season at hand. Ortiz also reached out to Red Sox fans in his interview with Tom Caron and Peter Gammons, saying "Red Sox fans deserve a lot better than what they got in 2011." Big Papi was optomistic about the upcoming season and...

Retirementent of Wakefield throws knuckleballer a curve

PORT ST. LUCIE — When Tim Wakefield, the venerable Boston Red Sox knuckleballer, announced his retirement last week at age 45 after 19 seasons in the big leagues in never dawned on him the impact it would have on another grizzled fellow tradesman. 9 seasons in the big leagues, it probably never dawned on him the impact it would have on another grizzled fellow tradesman.

Big Papi now Red Sox elder statesman

For a few fleeting moments during the offseason, David Ortiz contemplated the unthinkable.

Video: Big Papi Says He's In Best Shape of His Career

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz stopped by the NESN Live set at Fenway South on Friday night to talk with Tom Caron and Peter Gammons. In the interview, the trio talked about how Big Papi is 20 pounds lighter this year and how he feels as though he's an underdog this season among other things. {mp4remote}

Your Morning Dump... Where Bailey is ready for the pressure

Every morning we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump... Bailey has toiled in near obscurity with the A's, and he acknowledged that he won't be considered an elite closer until he proves he can do the job in meaningful games. "I think you do need...

Red Sox plan to put 2011 in the past

The Red Sox head toward the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park with a new GM, new manager, new Spring Training facility and only two players -- David Ortiz, Youkilis -- remaining from the 2004 World Series. Beckett, Lester and almost all the remaining players are trying to put the 2011 Beggar's Banquet behind them, "which," says Ortiz, "we can do by playing, not talking."

MLB: Looking at the 5 biggest stories of spring training.

Spring training has officially arrived. With each year comes it’s own brand of drama and intrigue. Let’s take a look at the stories that are casting the biggest shadow over the start of "America’s Favorite Pastime.” Please click the link to see which five stories are impacting

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I was standing outside the Red Sox clubhouse yesterday morning, minding my own business, not looking for any trouble, when David Ortiz came out and started yelling at me.

Jenny Dell's Favorite Spring Training Quotes Include Andrew Bailey's Entrance Music, David Ortiz's Bling

Since the majority of Red Sox Nation is stuck up North, I thought it would be nice to share the spring training experience with you. One fun way to do so, would be by compiling all the best quotes I have overheard (so far) since arriving in Fort Myers. Enjoy! Tim Wakefield On retiring: "I’ve been so blessed to have been able to wear this uniform and be part of this historic...

The Pirates and Acquiring Veteran Pitchers

From a combination of my “This Date” article posted today about pitcher Jouett Meekin and my article about Tim Wakefield and what pitchers won the most games after the they left the Pirates, I decided to figure out which pitchers won the most games prior to putting on a Pirates uniform for the first time. The list goes 26 deep for a reason as you will see and the players are...

David Ortiz, Ryan Lavarnway Join Tom Caron, Peter Gammons on 'Red Sox Live From Fort Myers' at 6 p.m. on NESN

David Ortiz wasn't sure whether or not he had a future with the Red Sox as this offseason passed by. When it came down to it, though, the veteran slugger and the club came to terms on a new deal. Now, Ortiz is back in Red Sox camp for his 10th season with Boston looking to build on an impressive 2011 campaign. He'll drop by Red Sox Live From Fort Myers Presented by Jordan...
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