David Ortiz

David Ortiz: 'I'm not washed up -- I guarantee you that'

John Tomase
June 08, 2015 - 6:09 am

Reports of David Ortiz's demise are a little premature -- at least according to David Ortiz. A few days after Ortiz failed to show his usual spark when asked by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV if he was washed up, the designated hitter was far more firm in his response Saturday. "I'm not washed up," he said. "I guarantee you that. I can wake up and hit, bro. That's my nature. I'm not washed up." Ortiz, who is hitting just .219/.298/.375 with six home runs and 21 RBIs, said Burton's question was insulting, although it apparently took a few days to sink in. "I was asked on camera the other day if I was washed up. And I pretty much didn't react to it, but I thought that was very disrespectful," Ortiz said before Saturday's 4-2 victory over the A's. "You don't disrespect people like that, you know what I'm saying? I've come a long way, and everyone knows my status, and to come and wipe it in my face just because things are not going well right now, I don't think the question was fair. That tells tells me how things are around here. People forget too fast, and I don't think it's right." Added Ortiz: "The reason why I didn't get mad is because every time I get mad, I'm the bad guy. If I blow up, I'm the bad guy. "And my [expletive] is not going to finish like this, I'll tell you that right now. I'm not going to end up like this. But you know what? Every time Papi makes some noise, it's, 'Papi's greedy, Papi's this, Papi's that.' That [question] was messed up, and because I know it was messed up, I didn't react to it. But I'm not washed up. I'm not. You know why? Because they pitch me very carefully. If they don't, I make them pay. All of them [expletive] who say I'm washed up, tell them to sit down and watch the game."