I just want to add something to this discussion...
saying Ortiz struggles with the english language at all is the pinnacle of excuse making. Never once on camera have I ever seen him pause, stutter, ask for clarification due to language barrier, or need a translator.
I have seen things printed, and then where then OTHER people make that excuse for him, but never have I seen him struggle with the language. He knows what he's saying, and he's saying what he means.
Also, his legacy will partly be written with how he ends his career, and where. If he ends up taking a spiteful end-of-career trip to the NYY, as he has twice threatened, that will surely have an effect.
Also, someone like Curt Schilling came here, played here, fell in love, and moved here...that should be taken into consideration too. I love guys who truly love Boston. Does Ortiz? In my opinion, no. I think, and I've said this before, once his playing career is done, you won't be seeing him in Boston except on special Sox days. It's not high on the list (becoming a transplanted local)...but it's on my list, and it matters to me. That part is yet-to-be-determined, and I don't judge him based on what I THINK will happen, but I am curious to find out.
It bothered me when about half-a-dozen Sox took the time to film little personal videos that got used in a video "I like beer" in 2011, and in 2014 this kind of bothers me too:
I don't know...I know it shouldn't, but it does. I know I hold athletes to a high standard...but I refuse to lower it. These guys make truck-fulls of money, and are often worshipped like Gods in the cities they play. If they wnt to go back to the days of being regular guys with off-season jobs...well, my expectations will certainly change. They want, even EXPECT, all that money, love and attention, I'm going to hold them up to a high standard.
People like Tom Brady so obviously 'get it'. It's not really that hard.