I know it's been a while since there was a blog post on this site, however, Emerson College has been on fire (not literally) for the past couple weeks. I guess that's the type of thing that happens when midterms come around; teachers start giving out projects and big assignments all at once. But in the midst of all of this, the Red Sox solved all their problems!
...Just kidding, that would be too silly now wouldn't it?
However, what did happen was just a little scare in Red Sox nation. Now you must think I'm a little crazy for saying "just a little scare" when every day Red Sox fans are scared of what's going to happen next with the "oops-we're-supposed-to-be-in-the-playoffs" team. Too soon to say that? Let's be realistic, it happened, us Red Sox fans can't change that, the only thing we can do is move on and hope for something better next year.
Let's get to the point of this post. David Ortiz stated in an interview earlier this month that, if he was given the opportunity in the future to play for the New York Yankees, he would. After a statement like that, it was just about enough to throw Red Sox Nation off the bridge to drown. Have no fear, the exaggerated media is here! What do I mean by that? Come on, how many times do you have a story like this and the media takes it and makes it into a bigger story than it actually is. For example, we could start learning that David Ortiz actually doesn't exist and he's a figment of our imagination for all we care. If the media says so, the public will believe it. At least that's how it seems.
This ESPN commercial seems to be fitting for this time.
In an article on CBS Sports, Big Papi had to clarify this to Red Sox fans and the media that what he said wasn't at all how the media took it. But lets face it, Red Sox players and personnel have had a lot of air time clarifying just about everything, so this seemed like nothing new. In the statement he said, "I never said that I would sign with the Yankees. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,” he said. “They asked me if I would play for the Yankees. I said I would think about it. But I didn’t confirm to nobody that I would play for the Yankees. I’m still a Red Sox, aren’t I?"
Oh, thank heavens! I'm so glad this is all cleared up, I was worried! Hold on though. Can we just back up a step and look at what he actually said in the first place? Ortiz said in a press conference that because of all the drama that was going on with the Sox, he wouldn't mind playing for the Yankees, saying they would be a great team to play for. As much as that looks like he's leaving, it's not at all what it says.
For now Red Sox Nation just has to "sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride" because quite frankly, our opinion really doesn't matter in the end. We all hated the Eric Gagne trade, that still happened. We all couldn't figure out why Tito kept going to Julian Tavarez for relief when for most of his career with the Sox he couldn't pitch his way out of a paper bag. Those things happened, and they all came with decisions made by people inside the organization, not Red Sox fans. Let the team do their job, if Ortiz goes to play for New York, well yeah that sucks, but we can't do anything about it except moan and groan until the next big thing comes along, whether it's good or bad.
Look at the positives about the hard hitting DH. He has a career .283 batting average, 378 home runs in 15 seasons (9 seasons with the Red Sox) in 1,742 games, and 1,266 runs batted in. Ortiz is here for now, lets just cherish that.