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David Ortiz offers the highest praise for Derek Jeter

Mar 5, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

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David Ortiz told MLB Network Radio that he’s going to miss Derek Jeter when he’s gone:

“If there’s one guy that the baseball game is gonna miss once he’s retired, it’s Derek . . . He is one of the baseball players that I can tell you that pretty much his whole career has done everything perfectly right. And when I watch him play I get goose bumps. You know what I’m saying? That’s one of the players that everybody wants to come and see. . . . That’s a player that definitely we’re all gonna miss after he’s done with baseball.”

This is about the highest praise you’ll ever hear from one player about another.

  1. twenty1miles - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    And I bet a lot of Boston fans would agree with you, Papi.

    • lewtheunwashed - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Taking my Yankee loving wife to the stadium for four days next month to cheer both players.

    • rajavier3105 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Ortiz getting weak in the knees for Jeter?

  2. barrypiatoff - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Reblogged this on The Second Time Around and commented:
    I’m going to miss him a lot

  3. nymets4ever - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Blah Blah Blah

    • Old Gator - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Stay classy, O pointless one.

    • bobwsc - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      more like ‘nymetsmediocrityatbest4ever’

      • Old Gator - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Mediocrity? You really think mutts4ever measures up to that high a standard?

      • CJ - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        In Bob’s defense, he did say “at best”. And he was referring to the Mets.

        Though I’ll admit even that’s a stretch.

    • bostonboresme - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      You had some credibility, then I saw your name.

    • chef1955 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Leave it to a “Mut’s” fan to leave a derogatory remark about the best short stop in history! Jealous,jealous jealous jealous!:)

      • clemente2 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Umm, Honus, Alex and a number of others would like a word with you….

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Best shortstop in history? Hahahaha! Wonderful player…but not even close.

      • bigmeechy74 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        he isn’t the best shortstop in history

  4. sparkyxproof - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I’m a Yankee fan and this is what I like about Ortiz. You know the Red Sox fans are cursing under their breath for giving a Yankee this type of credit. But Ortiz like always is his own person and he never has taken any crap from Boston writers or their Fans.

    • bobwsc - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      wrong. he does take crap, then boils over and blows up about it. if you said he let the crap roll off, you’d be right. and no Sox fan is cursing Ortiz for giving Jeter his due. Fenway park lit up during Rivera’s farewell tour last season. fans hated seeing him because he was lights out (same with how Jeter is consistent and clutch), but recognized the greatness. your argument works better against A-Rod.

    • lewtheunwashed - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Sox fan here with the same respect for Jeter as Pappi. I missed him last year and will miss him next. Course in 5 weeks the Sox will take 4 straight in the new Stadium despite Jeter.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Don’t you mean Jetter?

    • stevequinn - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      I’ve been a Sox fan all my life. But I’ve had a deep respect for the Yankee “core players” since all of them arrived in the bigs. Jeter, Rivera, Posada, Bernie Williams, and Pettite were always great to watch even when they were breaking my heart.

      Jeter is the exact opposite of ARod. He (Jeter) is a future HOFer who has always retained his humility. In his entire career, you never read anything about Jeter in the newspapers that was derogatory or criticized his persona, He maintained his dignity, decency, and respect for the game of baseball during his entire year. he was probably the classiest guy to ever play baseball for the Yankees.

  5. 950003cups - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    This is going to be sad. Jeter did it perfect.

  6. number42is1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    man oh man.. it’s gonna comes out that Jeter is a serial killer that has been alluding the FEDs for years……

    • djpostl - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      If so he gets EVEN MORE RESPECT for being so perfect at it lol

  7. cackalackyank - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    This is a great comment from Papi, but the best? Nah. Pujols did compare Jeter to Jesus. Hard to top that….

  8. ez4u2sa - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Papi may overstate things a bit but he’s on target this time. The thing that most people will get sick of is the ‘Farewell Tour’ business. That idea needs to be cut off before it starts. Jeter was a good shortstop but not an exception like Rivera

    • number42is1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Mo was NEVER even CLOSE to being a good shortstop… your logic is flawed

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        To be fair….

        Rivera was at least as good a Shortstop as Jeter.

    • djpostl - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM


      You’re right.

      Not like he has some incredible numbers when compared to other shortstops of the non-PED variety (looking at you A-Fraud).

      He was just falt out, ho-hum, run-of-the-mill -_-

    • djpostl - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Jeter’s all-time rank for SS:

      Runs: 1st
      Hits: 2d (will likely be 1st by end of season)
      2B: 4th
      HR: 4th (MLB has him 3d but omits Arod)
      RBI: 7th (likely to be 6th at end of season)
      AVG: 4th
      OBP: 6th
      OPS: 5th

      -348 SB/95 CS.
      -Only man to ever win MVP in All-Star Game & WS in same season.
      -The rings.
      -The big moments in October.

      Dude was just “good”, not the least bit “exceptional”.

  9. chrishickey1014 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I wont miss Derek Jeter thats for damn sure.

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      Is this about that gift basket? You’ve got to let go of this. What you had was special but it’s over.

  10. psuorioles - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    This is the first time I will ever agree with Ortiz… Jeter is also the exact opposite of how Ortiz plays the game.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      How so ? Clutch in big games ? Being a key player on multiple World Championships ? Always questioning umps on close ball/strike calls ? Sounds like someone didn’t get their check yet to repair a dugout phone.

  11. ceraser45 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    You are crazy, you act like Ortiz curses out pitchers, cheats, and does everything wrong. He is a class guy that plays the game with tons of emotion

    • number42is1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      he also breaks dugout phones….

      • djpostl - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        And does PEDs then has an OJ-like press conference prmising to “get right back to you guys” when he finds out more about the susbtance he ingested/shot in his ass via big needle.

  12. gmfw7 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    would be surprised to hear anything different from any redsox player or fan, for that matter. the love of the game superceades rivalries sometimes, and you have to just tip you cap and respect greatness. i’m a phillies fan who grew up during the 90s, and i’ve always hated the braves. however, you’ll never hear me say something negative regarding the baseball careers of larry jones, grag maddux, tom glavine, john smoltz etc even though they caused me much grief in my youthful years of fandom

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