FORT MYERS, Fla. — Here is the transcript of this morning’s interview with David Ortiz, regarding his association with trainer Angel Presinal. The session took less than five minutes before it was cut off by the Red Sox director of media relations.
What is your relationship to that trainer?
Ortiz: How can I tell you? We have this facility five minutes away from my house and he’s one of the guys that trains there everybody. Everybody, that’s where they go because it’s like in the center of the city, right in the middle where everybody lives. It’s like an Olympic place where everybody goes and does his workout, hitting, running, and all this stuff.
Are you surprised to hear this stuff about him?
Ortiz: Yeah, you know, but that’s things that are on another level, I would say. You gotta do what you gotta do. You gotta know what can cause you a problem, and you’ve got to stay away from that.
Are you still going to see him or will you stay away from him?
Ortiz: I only see him when I’m down there, working out like everybody else.
Since he’s banned from major league clubhouses, you don’t have any problem with him?
Ortiz: He doesn’t come to clubhouses. No. What’s the big deal?
Do you have any problems with going to his facility?
Ortiz: That’s where we work out at. It’s not his. He’s got, I would say, he knows how to train people and teach how to do exercises and things like that. But, like I said, you are the owner of your own decisions, like I said. It’s sad that he’s involved in things like this, but you’ve got to be careful. That’s what I got to say.
Do you have to be careful about who you associate with?
Ortiz: Of course. Especially in these days.
Are there people you don’t associate with anymore?
Ortiz: No, I don’t care what people say. It’s the way you show yourself out there. That’s what I think it is. But definitely you’ve got to be careful with anybody that is involved in any kind of stuff like whatever is going on right now.
Are you tired of answering all these questions about steroids?
Ortiz: Of course. Of course.
You said you have to be careful with the people you associate with, but there’s no one you no longer associate with?
Ortiz: I don’t have that problem. I’m pretty much always with my family. I’m not the kind of person that has relationships with strangers.
Are you sad that the Dominican Republic gets a bad rap about steroids?
Ortiz: I can’t comment about that. I don’t know too much about that.
Were you ever trained by Presinal?
Ortiz: Of course. Yeah, like I said, I’ve known him for a long time. All I know from him is he teaches how to keep our bodies ready, working out, teaching how to do the right exercises and things like that. He [doesn’t] just teach baseball players. He’s got guys that run marathons, volleyball players, basketball players, everybody down there. He’s been doing that for years. All I know is we all work with him as a group of guys that want to be ready in spring training and that’s about it.
So he never pushed steroids?
Ortiz: No, no. Not at all.
Are you worried that people will now associate you with steroids?
Ortiz: I’m not worried about that. I said what I had to say and that’s about it.
[This was when the interview was ended.]
After this point, Ortiz said that his left shoulder — which was encased in an ice pack — was doing better, and that he thought he would be out on the field to hit today. He has missed the last two days of on-field workouts.