Why did the Red Sox give Ortiz a second ring?

Why did the Red Sox give Ortiz a second ring?
April 5, 2014, 10:00 am
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David Ortiz receives a second ring for his World Series MVP and some call foul. Why turn a team celebration into an individual recognition?

Somewhere in the middle of the pre-game celebration, intended to honor the 2013 Red Sox, something seemed out of place. 

That's what Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane say on Arbella Early Edition.

The players who were members of the 2013 squad received their World Series rings. David Ortiz then received a second ring for World Series MVP award, earned after hitting .688 with two home runs and six RBI. 

"Why did [the Red Sox] have to treat David Ortiz separate from his teammates?" asks Gary Tanguay. "Tom Brady is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Tom Brady does not have the possibility of steroids on his resume. Tom Brady is one of the reasons, that in 2001, [the Patriots] ran out as a team down in New Orleans. The Patriots would never do anything like this. I don’t understand it. Why is David Ortiz singled out from the rest of the team?"

This is not the first time the Red Sox have bestowed a special honor upon Ortiz. 

"The constant need to give Ortiz things by ownership baffles me," says Minihane. "They gave him a truck. They gave him a trophy. Today they gave him, like, nine rings. He had a necklace on, which they probably gave him, with like 46 rings on it (Editor's note: The team presented Ortiz with two rings. The necklace held Ortiz's 2004 and 2007 World Series rings.). I don’t understand what David Ortiz has over everybody. They have to keep giving him things. Why?"

For better or worse, Ortiz always seems to be the center of attention. 

"When things go south, so does Ortiz," says Tanguay. "David Ortiz is a great leader when things are going well. When things are not going well, and not going his way, he cries and he whines [referencing Ortiz's vocal contract demands]."

 

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