Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/5/12

After re-signing for two years with the Boston Red Sox, DH David Ortiz went off on former manager Bobby Valentine in an interview with ESPNDeportes. Valentine infamously said that he thought Ortiz quit on the team after suffering an Achilles injury that let him play in just five games after the All-Star Break. "Stopping me (from playing) was the decision of the doctors, management, the manager and me," Ortiz told ESPNDeportes.com. "The team doctor recommended that I stop playing to not make the situation worse for the tendon. "... As a player, the game runs through my veins. In the 10 years I have played in Boston, I have been the heart and soul of the organization and not a second has gone by in which David Ortiz, able to go on the field to do what he knows best, he stayed seated instead." "No. 1, never bite the hand that feeds you, because in the end that will come back to bite you," Ortiz said. "I was one of those players that always showed support for him. In fact, I held a couple of player meetings. "No. 2, the day that I returned from the DL, I told him that I was not sure what percentage health-wise I was in, but that I could not be out there without trying to help. When I told him that, I put my career on the side to help him and the team. Being in an incredible amount of pain, I went out there to support them. "No. 3, after he went on national TV to say what he said, he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things. I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something? I said, I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone." "I am a player that has the game in his blood," he said. "In the 10 years that I have (been) in Boston, I have been the soul of the organization and there has never been a second where David Ortiz being able to go on the field and do what he does has decided to stay seated." This is pretty much a complete and utter burial of Valentine by one of the most veteran and respected players in Boston. If there was any semblance of sympathy for Valentine in Boston, it's gone after Ortiz dropped this verbal beatdown on him. I don't even know what Valentine was trying to do by calling Ortiz out in that interview with Bob Costas two weeks ago, and I don't think he has a chance in hell at managing anywhere in the major leagues ever again. [ESPN] [follow]

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5 Comments:
  • I'm a Yankees fan and I completely agree with Ortiz, valentine is not right in the head. Had Boston retained him, Ortiz would definitely not have signed again with the Sox. In fact, I will go so far as to say that there isn't one team in the majors that woulds touch this asshole again, he is done in the majors. Guess he'll have to go back to Japan where he can get away with his crap.
  • Big Pappi said it exactly right. He IS the heart and soul of the Red Sox. Bobby V was the derriere and everyone on the team knew it from the moment he was hired. We now have the right man to manage our beloved Boston Red Sox.
  • David Ortiz is starting to sound like Curt Schilling, Whine then dine but do not take any responsibility.
    He mouths off on his boss but what about the players? No guts to name names as to who the F**k offs are? Mr. Ortiz, you are a player, so play. There can be only one manager and it is not a democratic society where that is concerned. Did you give any of you money back for not playing? The Red Sox made a huge mistake for signing you to a two year contract and overpaid you as well. You want respect?, Then you should play on a year to year basis based on your play time and production. Put your ability where your mouth is, they are bothe large.
  • Sure, except nobody can deny that valentine destroyed this team with the way he would throw players to the wolves. If he was even half a man he would take a player to task behind closed doors and not in the glaring light of the media. Booby valentine is done as a manager in the majors.
  • Dude shut up! David has always put his money where his mouth is when playing healthy! Your mad Mitt the twitt lost you racist punk! David has a right to stand up for himself after being bashed by the worse manager in Red Sox history! Go put an elephant in your a$$!
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