Re: Please let Papi go!
posted at 11/5/2011 4:27 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Please let Papi go!
[QUOTE]I've said it before, and I'll say it again just to be repetitive. No one since Yaz has ever more earned the right to retire in the home whites than David Ortiz. 20M for two years isn't overpaying for the production Papi gave us last year, if he can keep up that pace. Throw in a mutual option for a third year and Ortiz retires as a Red Sox IMO. To me, that's a good move on at least two levels. First it brings back the premier DH in all of baseball to the Sox. Second it's a good PR move when it comes to attracting big time ballplayers to Boston. Let's face it, the Red Sox public image has really taken a beating in the wake of the September collapse and the hatchet jobs by the Boston press on the Club in general and Francona in particular. That being said, if I were GM I might tell David's agent to come back with the best offer he can get and we'll beat it. I don't think David could get 10M per from anyone else but the Sox, especially with the Yanquis out of the picture.
Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]
Are the Sox trying to improve(perhaps get younger, more use out of the dh) or trying to let guys retire a Red Sox and fill people's hearts and desires? It is business.
If Ortiz goes, he will always be remembered for being a great Red Sox. He does not have to retire in a Sox uniform for that to happen.
Again, his numbers were nice, but do those numbers match his game winning heroics of the past? I don't think they did this season.
As far as Agon running out grounders(not the point here), I never thought the Sox needed him. But at least he plays a position and plays it well.
Keeping Ortiz in my mind will not attract any more or less big time ballplayers. Money does that.
I think the drama comment along with the Yankee comment really struck a cord with fans. Ortiz has always been treated well by the fans. And I think many wanted to know where and what was he doing during the downfall to help? When the team needed him the most, he was not there. And then to just toss those comments out like he was not a part of it. Nope. Sorry, you sink or swim with your team. Not threaten to walk.
I say the Sox can get a more useful Dh, maybe not as productive cushy number wise, but it is time to do something different with the Dh slot in Boston.