Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro's footsteps

Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro's footsteps
February 19, 2013, 4:00 am
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Pedro Martinez is back. As is Jason Varitek. Those two members of the Red Sox are helping the team as "assistants", and look to remain parts of the organization for a while.

Martinez said he wants to stick around for a long time.

David Ortiz isn't retiring this season or next, but when he does finally decide to hang them up, can he see himself sticking around like so many Red Sox greats have?

"Probably. Probably," Ortiz said. "I mean, I can count myself as a Red Sox for life, you know what I'm saying? I'm always down with helping out and getting the Red Sox better."

But Ortiz will hope to get the Red Sox better at the plate for the next two seasons. Jessica Moran asks him if he feels he'll be able to stay healthy for those two seasons.

"What can I tell you, I keep on working hard," Ortiz said. "I know what it takes for myself to be ready. We are pretty much on the same page. They're not trying to push me or do anything crazy ... But like I said, experience plays a big role in guys like myself. I know what it takes to be ready and to do what I've been doing for years here. If I'm healthy and I'm out there plauying, I know that I'm going to end up putting up numbers. So time is the matter right now.