David Ortiz held a little get-together with the media this morning to discuss his upcoming charity golf event in the Dominican Republic. He has an impressive guest list that includes Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell, newly married Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield and Terry Francona.
It speaks well of Ortiz that players from other teams including Pedro Martinez, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, Torii Hunter, Ryan Howard and Vlad Guerrero will be there as well along with Boston legends Bobby Orr and John Havlicek.
For more information, check out the tournament web site.
As for the baseball, Not So Big Papi talked about his offseason workout routine at Fenway. He appeared to have slimmed down some and is eager to start hitting again, which will come in the next two or three weeks. Ortiz did not start swinging a bat until January last season because of that lingering hand injury.
The best stuff came when David was asked about the Sox needing more power in their lineup beyond retaining Jason Bay.
“I said that like a year ago and everybody was looking at me like I was a (expletive) clown. You know? I said we needed another 30-home run hitter. Everybody was talking trash. There you go. Now what?” he said.
“Everybody always will welcome a 30-home run hitter at any time, any day, any situation. You want to compete with those guys across the street? You better bring it. Period.
“We always need help. We need guys capable to produce. Not only us, everybody. That’s what everybody chases in the offseason, guys that can come in and provide power, RBIs.
“This is a team that plays in the (American League) East division. Everything is powerful right here. You saw the world champions in the East. You have Tampa Bay in the East. You have the Blue Jays getting stronger every year in the East. You have Baltimore that you don’t know if they’re going to come and kick your (butt) all year along in the East. You better get ready to play in the East.”
So what about trading for Felix Hernandez and Adrian Gonzlez?
“If I can get both of them, I bring them in. Problem solve,” he said with a laugh.
If only it were that easy, right?