A day after his infamous expletive, David Ortiz said he received many positive comments about it.
“A lot of positive comments,” Ortiz said. “It was something I said. I don’t know how emotional I get sometimes. What we’ve been through this week, that was my feeling. I was hurting like everyone else. That’s how I am.”
“That’s the most famous (bad word) of all time,” he kidded.
Ortiz ended a pregame address to the Fenway Park crowd Saturday by saying, “this is our (expletive) city.” It was the Red Sox’ first appearance at Fenway since the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the suspects, and an emotional ceremony was held before the game.
Ortiz has been impressive at the plate, with five hits in his first two games, including three in a 4-2 loss to the Royals in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader. One was double, but when kidded about whether he’s become a singles hitter he said, “David Ichiro Ortiz.”
Ortiz, who was not in the starting lineup of the second game of the doubleheader, said he’s actually not happy with the way he feels at the plate and alluded to having some discomfort in the opposite heel from his Achilles’ injury, perhaps due to overcompensating.
“I’m battling right now. Trying to do too much. Haven’t faced good pitching for months. I’m not gonna lie to you, I don’t feel good at the plate right now,” he said.
So how has he managed five hits?
“I’ve been lucky,” Ortiz said. “I don’t feel yet the way I like to feel. Just getting to the point where mentally I’m just dealing with the injury I had last year and getting to the point where I’m 100 percent. Besides that, being able to sit on my legs and be where I like to be.”
How close to normal is he?
“It all depends. In my case right now, probably I’ve been doing good contact with the ball but I’m not quite there yet. I’ve only played a few games – five in Triple-A where they were pitching me like they normally pitch me. I was just trying to hit the ball and run. I was swinging at bad pitches. I ran couple of times and it feels good.
“But I’m not quite there. I was out too long. I wasn’t seeing pitches. You see the way they pitch me the last two days,” he said.
Ortiz said getting back all the way is both a mental and physical exercise.
“My injury is fine right now, but I’m having some issues with the other (right) side just from not being able to do what I can normally do from this side. Not bad, nothing crazy, I can deal with it. It’ll get better, that’s what the doctor said. I’m not gonna be concerned about it.”
Ortiz said it would have been hard to play two games.
“It’s hard. They don’t want me to have too much going on this early. Just coming back. They want to make sure I play through the season, We don’t want to risk it.”
He said he was available to pinch-hit.