David Ortiz Admits Some Boston Red Sox Players Probably Didn’t Care As Much Late in the Season

October 10, 2011 – 9:30 am by Eric Schmoldt

There were certainly times during the Boston Red Sox’ late-season meltdown where some players didn’t really seem to care all that much about it. Some folks around the Red Sox have since admitted that and designated hitter David Ortiz is just the latest, though he’s making sure people know that he did care.

Ortiz says the thing that has bothered him the most over the weeks since the season has ended is that some of his teammates have been called out when he knows they care. But he goes on to say that some probably didn’t care or put in as much work as others down the stretch. It’s all just a part of the big mess that was September in Boston.

David Ortiz joined WEEI in Boston with Sports Saturday to discuss what has bothered him most about how the past couple weeks have gone down, players caring down the stretch, complaining about an RBI that was taken away in early August, how he was surprised Terry Francona was let go and whether he thinks he’ll be back next year.

What bothers you the most about how everything went down?:

“What bothers me the most is how a lot of people have just been pointing out a lot of guys I really care about. I know that we didn’t finish the way a lot of people were expecting us, but there was a lot of guys that care. Even the guys that struggle, they care, too. It’s not like they don’t care. It just didn’t end the way we wanted.”

Terry Francona has said he didn’t know if some of the guys cared. Do you think there were some guys on the team that didn’t?:

“Probably, yeah. It probably happened, but seeing [that] … as an owner and manager of the team, you keep that in mind for yourself. … You guys know the guys who care. That’s the thing. People know. What bothers me the most is whenever makes it want to sound like nobody cares. There’s a lot of guys that care. … I care about winning games, I care about doing well, I care about doing the right thing to win games. … A lot of people, for example, people want to make a big deal about me complaining about me not getting an RBI. That’s my job. If I don’t get RBIs, I won’t be here. I was complaining about something that I earned and the scorekeeper doesn’t want to make it happen … that’s what I’ve got to complain about.”

When you did that, weren’t you sort of showing up Francona publicly when you could have done it privately?:

“To be honest with you, I don’t even know what Francona was doing there. I don’t know what’s going on there. To be honest, I was surprised. … I was fired up, to be honest with you. Because I just found out, once I got to the field, I went to watch video. … I was walking through the room, saw what was going on and said, ‘I need to talk to you when you’re finished.’ Ya’ll guys make a big deal about it, of course. You were in the middle of a press conference, that’s fine, my bad. But you guys take everything the wrong way.”

Were you surprised when Francona was let go? Was it the right move?:

“I was a little surprised about the situation. I know they were going to make some moves, make some things different, but I never said that. … They’ve got their reasons and they’re the one who made the decisions. … In my situation, I’m just here to listen and see the way things go down. That was the last thing, to be honest, that I was expecting.”

Do you expect to be back in Boston next season?:

“I haven’t really think about anything. I’m getting together with my agent pretty soon. All I can tell you is I put myself together, I work out every day, just to make sure I keep on producing in this game. What motivates me is when I have people around me that appreciate what I do … and not only me, but people in general.”

You seemed to take the last game of the season the hardest. Was it going through your head at all that it might have been your last game in a Boston uniform?:

“I just wasn’t ready to go home. … I just wasn’t ready. I was ready to keep on playing and things went down that way and I didn’t really know what to think about it.”

Listen to David Ortiz on WEEI in Boston here

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  1. 21 Responses to “David Ortiz Admits Some Boston Red Sox Players Probably Didn’t Care As Much Late in the Season”

  2. He Papi…Yeah I’d say it is “Your Bad”…..If you complain about a missed RBI after your team lost the game, that is pretty immature..Period…You are better than that….a least I think you are….You Lost the game…It is not about your RBI…At least to the fans that watched your Rant….Contract concerns are yours not ours….You lost that Game……Come on now, this is not that difficult……”Your Bad” LOL!!!!!

    By Rich on Oct 10, 2011

  3. I hope David will be back in a Boston uniform next year. He is a very valuable player and much loved by the Boston fans.

    By Joan Swan on Oct 10, 2011

  4. Thanks for the memories Papi. Time to rebuild & reload Sox. Let’s clean house….Sign Ellsbury,Papelbon & everyone else up for a contract….See Ya

    By Dan on Oct 10, 2011

  5. Epstein misfired on some high priced talent and had a challenged pitching staff by season’s end.

    Theo should have been tossed out first and then the players that let Francona down should have gone next.

    By Swaps on Oct 10, 2011

  6. In my opinion, if Mr Otiz gets the contract he’s looking for, it’ll be somewhere else. He used to be a good value…not any more. Effort and production should earn fan support, not just during contract seasons, but all season long and the duration of each season. Obviously I’m dreaming…but then again I think guaranteed contracts are insane.

    By Jonathan on Oct 10, 2011

  7. glad Francona is gone,those who cared for him did not watch all the games,those on the team not happy there see-ya,BOSTON A GREAT BASEBALL TOWN, don’t like it get out,FENWAY SOLD OUT for years what do you want from baseball,Fenway as old as it is a GREAT place to be if your a baseball fan,that include the overpriced Yankee stadium,rather be a FENWAY,

    By RUSS on Oct 10, 2011

  8. If the players were paid accordingly – past history taken into account, but it’s the present season that counts, therefore, a bonus reward at the end of the year would be the incentive – get rid of the prima donna attitude. Who will play their best when they are getting paid a fortune? The good guys will
    prevail!

    By Sally on Oct 10, 2011

  9. Tito didn’t deserve his fate. Ortiz, Youk, Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia, Scutero, Gonzalez, Pap, Lester, Buckholtz, Beckett, Salty, Bard, Lowerie, Acevies, Bedard, maybe Wakefield and good bye to the rest. Gives some kids a chance, they can’t play any worse and they will listen to a manager. Someone like Torre. But the Sox will not hire him because he isn’t a yes man.
    Pitching cures all? Where are the Phillies right now?

    By Vin tier on Oct 10, 2011

  10. If Lackey comes back, I won’t watch or go to any more Red Sox games. He has to go. Although everyone likes Wakefield, it is time for him to retire. Francona was too nice to let him lose several games trying to win his 200th game. If another pitcher had won a couple of those games, the Red Sox would have been in the playoffs. Therefore, Francona deserved to leave. He became more sentimental than objective. Whenever Lackey or Wakefield pitched, it is obvious they would give up 5 or 6 runs in the early innings and that the hitters would have to get 7 or 8 runs to win. That must have been clear to Francona. Why didn’t he start the younger pitchers?

    By Dr. Don Huffmire on Oct 10, 2011

  11. Hi David,
    You will forever be in our hearts, for your amazing hitting an spirit in our two World Series wins.
    But for 2 years now you have seemed to think that you are above critcism. Your selfish busting into that press conference was the height of arrogance.
    Arrogance is what lost 2011

    Don’t leet the door hit you on the way out.

    By Rita on Oct 10, 2011

  12. Red Sox have 2 healthy starting pitchers. Rangers have seven. Bullpen of Rangers loaded with stars. Sox had no decent LF, RF, C, 3B, DH Ortiz struck out whenever Sox needed a hit as he cannot hit a fastball. Russian roulette Papelbon gone. Glad. It was nerve wracking to have him come in and give up walks and hits and then try to strike out batters with his only pitch, a fast ball. Theo needs to be gone. Makes many baffling moves.

    By mascmen7 on Oct 10, 2011

  13. I enjoyed the Red Sox during the 2011 season except for the first ten or twelve games and the last ten or twelve. However, I found that I was not emotionally attached to this team as I have been since the late 40′s. That bothered me for a time until I realized that many of the players were not emotionally attached to the team either. Salty, Pedroia, Scutero, Ellsbury, and Bard had the “gung ho” attitude that creates excitement. Youkilis was hurt, so he gets a bye. Papelbaum cared, but I had no confidence in him. The same for Wakefield. Gonzales cared but was far from Mr. Clutch. Crawford cared, but he was inept. I never heard from Varitek this year, so I gave him a bye based on past attitude and effort.
    From my viewpoint as a fan, admittedly not knowing the “inside story,” the rest can be replaced. Epstein, too.
    I admired Francona, but once he lost control of the team, he had to go. That respect can never really be regained from those same players.
    Because of space confinements, scratching the surface on this issue is necessary here, but the issues will help fuel the pot-bellied stove and will carry us through until spring. The 2012 team will have a strong nucleus. Let’s hope a new general manager, manager, and coaches will be able to field a team that cares not only about baseball but also about each other – that’s a team to which I can become emotionally attached.

    By John Thomas on Oct 10, 2011

  14. Oh Man how we RS fans act huh? They missed the playoffs by 2 games because of injuries to Youk and Buchholz. Beyond that the last 3 weeks it seemed most went into a slump at once. For this we need to fire the GM, the manager and half the team ….come on.
    Some here say Ortiz,Pap & Gonzo were bums and didn’t do enough….. come on. Stats don’t lie, Pap was as good as any closer, Ortiz hit over .300 and Gonzo should win the batting title…..come on. We do need some small tweeks for next year including being ready to part with Lacky but the first challenge is to get a manager that is as good as Tito.

    By tom barber on Oct 11, 2011

  15. Isn’t it a captain’s role to step up and talk to the team when it is foundering? Shouldn’t the captain converse with the manager about problems? Where was Tek ?

    By Robert Vaughn on Oct 11, 2011

  16. Why was there no comments from anyone when our All Star CF sat out THREE games after taking an 88 mph ”fast” ball in the back ? Francona,on the third day said Ellsbury had a WELT on his back !!!!

    By joe keeley on Oct 11, 2011

  17. Francona leaving was one of the first moves that the team needs, this team needs a manager with attitude, i dont care if they make 20 million or 200 thousand, you have to produce you have to guide by the rules, thats what i admired about the late yankees owner he told the players off regardless of who it was, and that is what boston needs, discipline. youkilis has to go, he is always hurt, lakey is old and done, as well as wakefield those two have cost the sox a bunch of games.
    get a good hitting coach and this gus like crawford will start hitting again.
    lets get out of the bad apples and make the sox what they are capable of doing.
    feenway is always sold out. lets keep it that way by getting all the pieces in the right places.

    By WILLY on Oct 11, 2011

  18. thanx for all you did for the Red Sox, David. Now it is time to move on. The Sox need a third catcher, that can DH and play other positions. It it time for a DH by committee, time to mix and match. Don’t go to the Yankees, David. You will look fat in pinstripes!

    By Ralph Bertolucci on Oct 11, 2011

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