During an interview with NBC Sports on Oct. 23, former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine implied that David Ortiz could have played the final weeks of the season but elected not to because of a strained right Achilles tendon.
"He decided not to play any more. I think at that time it was all downhill from there," Valentine said.
Ortiz withheld comment at the time. But he opened up a little on Monday.
"It was something that made me feel uncomfortable," Ortiz said. "I've been here for the past 10 years. You guys know pretty much know how I go about my business. ... You know how important to myself [it is] to be on the field and represent this organization the way I do. I don't really need to add any more things to it.
Ortiz also told ESPN Deportes that Valentine tried to explain the comment afterward.
"He sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things. I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, 'This guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something?' I said, 'I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.' "