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David Ortiz: “Playing here used to be fun … it’s starting to become the s***hole it used to be”

Jun 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

David Ortiz AP

There hasn’t been any huge drama in Red Sox land in, like, hours, so David Ortiz went off on a big anti-media rant in the clubhouse before today’s game. has the details (and video), starting with Ortiz being asked if he was having fun this season:

Not really. Too much s***, man. People need to leave us alone and let us play baseball. It’s starting to become the s***hole it used to be. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now, every day is something new, not related to baseball. People need to leave us alone. Every day is something new, some drama, some more s***. I’m tired of that, man. I’m here to play baseball, man.

Well then.

For much of this week multiple Red Sox players, including Ortiz, have denied various reports that the clubhouse environment has turned toxic.

His comments aren’t likely to go over well with fans or the media, but it’s easy to see why Ortiz is frustrated. Not only are the Red Sox above .500 despite an ugly 4-10 start, going 31-23 since then, but he’s hitting .313 with 18 homers and a 1.012 OPS in 68 games for his best production since 2007. He’s playing amazingly well, the team is on a 93-win pace since a terrible first two weeks despite an incredible number of key injuries, and all anyone wants to talk about are off-field issues, real or imagined.

(For a lot more on the entire situation, read Sean McAdam’s full write-up here.)

  1. pantherpro - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    You suck Boston

    The West Coast

  2. losercubfan98 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Mr. Ortiz needs to be drug tested, he says man more than any stoner i know

  3. pensfan603 - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Terrible excerpt to take out, he talk about how this is his last year of trying to prove the critics in Boston. Apparently during yesterdays pregame he was showing discust with larry Lucino. I think this is all about his contract and that he doenst like playing on one year deals, and also how he always disproves the media and they go and attact him again i guess?? even though media in Boston love him. So ya look for him to maybe not resign with red soxs.

  4. rico7207 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Then leave, you big chicken. Mo Vaughn left and was done, and the same will happen to this guy who played 81 games a year in a matchbox, and he knows it. He’d be toast in a real ball park, and gone after one year. That’s why he agreed to a 1 year contract when he wanted longer and Boston said no. He was too CHICKEN to leave and see just how untalented he really is .

  5. euie48 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    this guy doesn’t “play” baseball…. he’s a designated hitter.. he sits for 2/3 of the game….

  6. sparky1002 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Gee “Poppy”….it`s always better when the press is giving you accolades rather than questioning your teams abilities. Welcome to competitive sports.

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