Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz Regrets Announcing Retirement Before Season
David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox said he regrets announcing that this season will be his last in the majors. The designated hitter went on to elaborate that he is still planning to retire, but is just overwhelmed by all of the attention he has received.
Ortiz has been showered with gifts from opposing teams, as is customary when big time players decide to hang em’ up.
Ortiz said that the attention has taken away from his preparation before games. An ESPN report detailed how Ortiz gets to the ballpark well before any other players as he requires daily treatment for his feet, which cause him a great deal of pain.
Ortiz is having one of the best years in his storied career, despite turning 40 in November. He leads baseball with 48 extra-base hits, which is the most for any big leaguer since Barry Bonds had 48 in 2001, the season Bonds hit 73 home runs. Ortiz is also the majors leader in doubles, slugging percentage, and OPS.
Ortiz Wishes He Had Kept His Mouth Shut
If Red Sox slugger David Ortiz could do it all over again, he’d keep his retirement plans to himself until after the season.
“I’m too busy. I have too many things to do. I barely have time to do anything,” Ortiz said to Marly Rivera from ESPN. “It’s very difficult for me. If I had even imagined that it would be so difficult, I wouldn’t have announced anything. There are too many people I have to pay attention to, and on top of that I have to prepare for a game.”
“Everything hurts,” he said. “It even hurts to think. Last time I reached second after a double, I almost called for a timeout so they would get me out of the game. I can barely run because my feet hurt so much. I am in severe pain.”
“One often tries to live in the moment and even when your body is saying no, you say yes, even when your body says not to. Only mental strength convinces you that you can continue. Mental strength tells you that you can keep it at it. But the body is a machine; it will give out and will send you a bill.”
“I would love to play a couple more years because this is what I know, and this is what I like to do and you see how people treat me,” Ortiz said. “But unfortunately, when your body tells you it’s enough, it’s enough. You have no idea the magic I have to do to play ball every day.”
Ortiz said that this season would be his last, but he wasn’t expecting this much attention. Ortiz is highly-regarded throughout baseball, so this sort of thing should have been expected.
(David Ortiz Regrets Announcing Retirement)