Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660 Friday night against the Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

David Ortiz on his autograph being offered for Alex Rodriguez HR ball: 'That is not OK with me at all'

May 04, 2015 - 9:04 am
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After Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth on MLB's all-time list with his 660th home run, which went over the Green Monster on Friday, the Red Sox fan who caught it was offered memorabilia signed by David Ortiz in exchange for the ball. Not only was the trade turned down, but on Saturday, Ortiz expressed his disappointment that his autograph was offered without his permission. "That is not OK with me at all," Ortiz said. "That's not the way it's supposed to work. They're supposed to ask me before any of my [expletive] get offered to anyone." Ortiz has reason to hesitate in helping out A-Rod, as Rodriguez's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, appeared to allude to Big Papi when defending his client's use of performance-enhancing drugs in an interview last year by implying steroid use was more widespread, saying: "I'm not going to start naming all the other players, but some of them are god-like in Boston right now, and people seem to forget that." Ortiz and Rodriguez used to be friends but, according to Ortiz, have not spoken since that incident. However, Ortiz said that he is not concerned with the exchange itself, but with the fact that his signature was offered without permission at all. "It's not because they were doing this for A-Rod's ball," Ortiz said. "It's because they're supposed to ask for my [expletive] before they do something like that."

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