David Ortiz thinks like Tom Brady: 'We are like wine, remember that'

Mike Petraglia
February 25, 2015 - 11:43 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Tom Brady and David Ortiz will be forever linked in Boston sports lore. They have led their respective teams to unlikely championships when many thought they were either incapable or washed up. Before last season, Tom Brady famously told WEEI's Dennis and Callahan, "When I suck, I'll retire." Of course, after a 2-2 start that started his critics wondering if that time had come, Brady rebounded nicely to win his fourth Super Bowl title and his third Super Bowl MVP. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was paying attention to Brady this season and made reference to the Patriots quarterback Wednesday when asked how much longer he thinks his 39-year-old body will let him play. '€œPeople asked the same question of Tom Brady," he said. '€œNow what? I bet you want him to be your quarterback once again. All the trash people were talking about him, this and that bro, I was listening to that in the Dominican. We barely watch football over there. But I watched the Super Bowl. I was like, '€˜Man, they'€™re not going to learn in Boston.'€™ "We are like wine. Remember that." Ortiz and Brady have always been linked, and that was never more evident than on Oct. 13, 2013. That's when Brady fired a game-winning pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with six seconds left to beat the Saints and then three hours later, David Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam against the Tigers to wipe out a 5-1 hole in the bottom of the eighth in Game 2 of the ALCS. Ortiz is nearly two years older than Brady, who turns 38 in August. He hit 35 home runs last season, his most in any season since hitting 35 in 2007, and is just 34 shy of 500 in his career. "€œI know I don'€™t have the skills that I used to have, but the ones I still have I put in play and I try to ride with it," Ortiz said. '€œThat'€™s been working for me." Ortiz, who will earn $16 million this season, has a vesting option for 2016 if he has 425 plate appearances. On Tuesday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Ortiz will be the team's DH "as long as he wants" to be. On Wednesday, Ortiz said he's not placing any timeframe on just how long that will be. "€œI signed a contract last year that basically tells me as long as you do what you do and keep helping us out, you'€™re going to play," Ortiz said. "€œI think it'€™s fair. If I'€™m not having fun the way I do in the season, if I don'€™t keep doing what I do... I need to have that anger. I need to have that cockiness when I'€™m playing. I need to be who I am. I need to play the game at the highest level. A lot of things come with that. "If that goes away, it'€™s time to go away, you know what I'€™m saying? That'€™s why I have no date, no time, I don'€™t have no years, because we are here today but you don'€™t know what can happen toward the end of the season, you know what I'€™m saying? I'€™m just going to keep on playing, try to win championships. Whenever that goes away, I think it'€™s time to go."