Those are the many great qualities that Ortiz possesses.
Does he get off the hook here? He’s built up 17 years of good will, 11 in Boston, with extraordinary performance, community service, and good deeds.
Ortiz lost it for a few minutes Saturday night and regained his normal demeanor Sunday.
So yes, he gets a pass. But nobody liked what they saw or could condone it. His teammates, his manager, and his coaches shouldn’t make light of it. It was ugly and nobody wants to see it again.