The Red Sox offense is so potent that you may have a hard time selecting an MVP. However, Red Sox DH David Ortiz may not just be the MVP of the Red Sox to this point in the season. He has a chance to end his career with an MVP award from the MLB.
Ortiz is currently producing at an All-Star level in his age-40 season and he is slowly realizing the media circus surrounding his final season may not have been worth the announcement at the beginning of the year.
“I’m too busy. I have too many things to do. I barely have time to do anything,” Ortiz said after the Red Sox’s 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. “It’s very difficult for me. If I had even imagined that it would be so difficult, I wouldn’t have announced anything. There are too many people I have to pay attention to, and on top of that I have to prepare for a game.”
These commitments do not seem to have drastically impacted Ortiz this season, however. His offensive stats rank at or near the top of the American League in nearly every significant category.
Even though Ortiz regrets announcing 2016 to be his last year, he does not have regrets about retirement itself despite the gaudy numbers.
“You have no idea the magic I have to do to play ball every day. Well, actually it’s not magic, it’s work,” said Ortiz. “Magicians do a trick and only fool you for a little while until you figure it out. It’s work; working hard in the cage every day. Hard work is the only thing that gives you consistency in this game. Nothing else.”
Even if this season does not end with a parade through the streets of Boston, Ortiz can at least go out with the solace that he did not slow down. The Red Sox will not suffer if he kept playing and deteriorated into a useless figurehead. Ortiz will go out on his terms as one of the best clutch hitters to ever play the game.