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David Ortiz on the White House selfie: 'It wasn't anything promotional'

BALTIMORE — They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the picture David Ortiz took with President Obama at the White House Tuesday is worth a lot more as Selfiegate rolled on for a second day while the Red Sox prepared for Game 2 of the season against the Orioles.

Ortiz was asked about the famous selfie in the Red Sox clubhouse before Wednesday's game and how he felt about getting 40,000 retweets and counting.

"Good man," Big Papi said. "You don't get the opportunity to get a photo with the president every day. That's a one time in life chance. It happened and I appreciate it."

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BALTIMORE — They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the picture David Ortiz took with President Obama at the White House Tuesday is worth a lot more as Selfiegate rolled on for a second day while the Red Sox prepared for Game 2 of the season against the Orioles.

Ortiz was asked about the famous selfie in the Red Sox clubhouse before Wednesday's game and how he felt about getting 40,000 retweets and counting.

"Good man," Big Papi said. "You don't get the opportunity to get a photo with the president every day. That's a one time in life chance. It happened and I appreciate it."

Ortiz was asked how much Samsung, whom he has a contract with, had to do with the presidential selfie.

"I did take a lot of pictures at the White House," Ortiz said. "But it wasn't anything on purpose. I would say I went along just like everyone else taking pictures and posted. I signed a deal with Samsung a couple of months ago and they supply me with phones and other stuff but the photo with the president was a one time in life type of moment. I didn't know that he was going to let me take a picture with him. I appreciate it… It just came out right at the moment when I gave him the jersey and he asked to take pictures now so I was like 'wait a minute,' see if I can get away with one but I was lucky that I did. It was fun. I think it was something that I'm never going to forget and people went crazy over it because you don't get to see that every day but it wasn't anything promotional or anything like that. Who knows that you're going to take a photo with the president, a selfie? How many people can guarantee that? It was something that we don't even have to talk about."

Ortiz jokingly said there was some discussion about whether the secret service would confiscate his phone.

"We were talking about it afterwards," Ortiz said while laughing. "I think it was super cool the way everybody at the White House was and how friendly and the person that we see on TV, the person that we all know, seeing how humble and how cool he was and the scene was. I think it was a great experience. It gets no better."

Ortiz was asked about the word "cha-ching," which usually stands for cashing in on something, and was heard shouted when he was on the podium with the president and was also used by Ortiz himself in the press conference after the event.

"It means "got it' in [Red Sox clubhouse] language, not anybody else's."