By Matt Noonan
It’s a conversation that everyone is having these days and nope, it doesn’t pertain toward the birds and the bees, but instead, the question of should the Boston Red Sox resign David Ortiz?
Heck, this should be an easy answer, right?
This past Saturday, despite being rather excited about an important win against the dreadful, New York Yankees, Ortiz chose to lash out at the Red Sox, as well as their entire organization. In fact, it was almost a shout-out towards general manager, Theo Epstein and his cronies.
However, was there a response? Hmm… I don’t recall, but there were numerous articles, as well as Tweets and Facebook comments, yet, does that even count? Who knows, right?
Do the Red Sox really need Ortiz going forward or does Ortiz need the Red Sox? It’s a tough one, but certainly a debate that will continue for the rest of the season, as well as into November and December. Although, I strongly believe he should finish his career in a Red Sox uniform, especially after the recent success he’s experienced in the Hub.
Ortiz’s numbers have been quite impressive this season. In fact, as of August 9, 2011, he’s recorded 22 home runs, 74 RBIs, 114 hits, 30 doubles and one stolen base. If you’re a true stat geek, you’d probably notice that his numbers this season somewhat mirror his efforts from ’04, ’05, ’06 and ’07.
Does anyone remember what happened against the Yankees in the ’04 ALCS, (American League Championship Series)? I think he played the role of Superman, right? In fact, I’m almost positive that if it weren’t for Ortiz’s home run in Game 4 or RBI single in Game 5, Boston wouldn’t have gone onto win the pennant or World Series.
Yet, once again, I know that I am unleashing my inner fandom in this article, but I truly feel that this particular situation is a no-brainer. Theo, sign the guy, please! Keep Ortiz in Boston because otherwise, he’ll probably comeback to hurt us with either the Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angles of Anaheim Angels or perhaps, the Detroit Tigers.
Boston has a lot of decisions and moves that needs to be addressed before the start of the 2012 season, but in the meantime, could someone at least give Ortiz a new contract? I think it’s pretty clear that “Big Papi” wants to remain in Boston, so let’s make this happen because otherwise someone in the Yankees organization might snatch him.