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David Ortiz blasts critics of his contract extension request

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz wears a towel on his head during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz wears a towel on his head during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Credit: AP

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had a message on Tuesday for those critical of his request for a contract extension.

“I don’t even know why they’re bitching about me talking about contracts,” Ortiz told the Boston Herald’s John Tomase. “Guys putting up my numbers, they’re making $25, $30 million. I’m not asking for that. I’m asking for half of it. And they’re still bitching about it? (Expletive) them. I’m tired of hearing them talk (expletive) about me when I talk about my contract. Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it, (expletive). So don’t be giving me that (expletive).”

During the offseason, Ortiz expressed his desire to keep playing beyond his current contract, which runs through this season and pays him $15 million. He also said he would like a one-year extension on his deal, and that he would finish his career elsewhere if forced to.

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Many criticized Ortiz for bringing it up. The Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported in November that the Red Sox and Ortiz, the World Series MVP, had an agreement that they would not negotiate a new contract or extension until his current deal expired.

“The bottom line is, people like that, you just don’t pay attention to them. It’s a small group, and yeah, they’re the ones who like to bring negativity and talk trash, but nobody knows what it takes for a guy like me to do what I do,” Ortiz told the Herald.

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