In response to miscricket's comment:
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
The really pathetic part of Bill's (and all the Ortiz-Be-A-Good-Boy-and-Shut-Up crowd) is that, in July, when Papi is getting standing o's when he strolls up to the plate at Fenway, the lynch pin in an exciting AL East run, is that they will all be standing behind the big man, lauding Big Papi on this very board, as if they never totally enjoyed took a giant s*&t on him over the smallest, most insignificant infractions.
Space...I cheer for Papi every time he gets up to the plate. I admire his talent. My opinion is that it's best for players not to get into contract stuff via the media..that is all.
To then learn that his agent hasn't talked to the Sox is..I am sorry..really funny in the sense that it really makes all of this much ado about nothing. I for one was operating under the understanding that Ortiz'agent had approached the Sox about an extension and that they were delaying. To learn that even that hasn't happened somewhat changes the dynamic.
I think what Ortiz needs is not respect per se...but a new agent...!
Hey, people on both sides of contracts fight it out all the time and once they reach an agreement, work together for the better of both sides.
Making comments over a player's contract and supporting him are two different things. If anyone has ever been involved in contract negotiations, then no explanation is needed.