Damn, I haven’t written anything here in a while, huh? Egregious crap like this seems to always bring this out of me (laughs).
In any rate, I am not here to hate on David Ortiz. I mean, what is there not to like about Ortiz?
He is one of the few — and I mean FEW — members of the Boston Red Sox that I, as a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, like and respect. I enjoyed and respected the way he competed, how he loved the fans, how he cared about his craft. He seemed to be a good guy off the field.
Ortiz has been fantastic as a member of the baseball media. He is a great personality and adds a lot of life and energy to the set of MLB on FOX.
And of course, he has the baseball stats to prove it. Let us count the ways:
- 541 home runs
- 1,768 RBIs
- 10-time All-Star (2004–2008, 2010–2013, 2016)
- Three-time World Series champion (2004, 2007, 2013)
- World Series MVP (2013)
- ALCS MVP (2004)
- Seven-time Silver Slugger Award (2004–2007, 2011, 2013, 2016)
- Two-time AL Hank Aaron Award (2005, 2016)
- Roberto Clemente Award (2011)
- AL home run leader (2006)
- Three-time AL RBI leader (2005, 2006, 2016)
- Boston Red Sox No. 34 retired
- Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame
Not bad for a designated hitter who moonlighted as a first baseman. So trust me when I say, this is NOT about David Ortiz himself.
It’s about the man who he went before — who should have been in the Baseball Hall of Fame a long-ass time ago.
You mean to tell me that a dude who was a designated hitter went before the man who was a 14-time All-Star, seven-time (SEVEN!) National League MVP, eight-time Gold Glove award winner, 12-time Silver Slugger award winner, three-time Hank Aaron award winner (a huge share of those accolades coming before his alleged involvement with performance enhancing drugs)? Are you serious??!!!
This is wrong — flat out wrong. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America should be ashamed of themselves.
Yes, I know the BWAA has a thing against PED users — which is why Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez didn’t make the cut this year (which is a joke as well). But to allow enshrinement to Ortiz, who was also connected to PED use, in ahead of Bonds? All because Ortiz treated the media far better than Bonds??
I’m still planning on taking my son to Cooperstown. Hopefully COVID will go the hell away so I can make the pilgrimage this summer.
Instead of being in total awe of crossing this off of my sports bucket list, it’s going to be mixed with disappointment. All because of the BWAA’s pettiness and sanctimonious bullshit…