David Ortiz went off again today in Fort Myers when the subject of his contract came up. This time, he went after the critics who take him to task for complaining about his deal -- or lack thereof.
“I don't even know why they're bitching about me talking about contracts,” Ortiz told the Boston Herald. “Guys putting up my numbers, they're making $25, $30 million. I'm not asking for that. I'm asking for half of it. And they're still bitching about it? (Expletive) them. I'm tired of hearing them talk (expletive) about me when I talk about my contract. Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it, (expletive). So don't be giving me that (expletive).”
After winning World Series MVP and putting together a regular season in which he his .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI, Ortiz is now in the final year of a two-year deal that will pay him $15 million.
He'd like a one-year extension. Ortiz is not angry about not having a that extension, however, the Herald insisted.
The 38-year-old arrived to Fort Myers with his agent, who will presumably be discussing a new deal with Red Sox brass. But Ortiz isn't pounding the table looking for an extension right now. When he reported to Red Sox spring training on Tuesday and appeared to be in fairly good spirits.
“I've been doing my thing, getting prepared for the season,” Ortiz said. “(Expletive), man. I'm living the dream.”