Ortiz admired Steinbrenner

The Red Sox will have a moment of silence Thursday at Fenway.

“That’s great, man,” David Ortiz said. “You’re talking about somebody that did a lot of good things for the game and for a lot of people. You’ve got to respect that.”

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“I respect that, man. He did what he was supposed to do – try to win. If I was a team owner, I would try to do the same thing if I had that kind of money.”