David Ortiz

David Ortiz on if he's washed up: 'Everybody's time is up at some point, I don't think that's my problem'

Ryan Hannable
June 02, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Like the Red Sox team, designated hitter David Ortiz isn't off to a good start to the season, batting just .224 with six home runs and 18 RBIs through the first 51 games. Since Ortiz is 39 years old, some have wondered if the left-handed slugger is near, or at the end. "What can I tell you man? A lot of people look at me like that seven years ago, and here I am still," Ortiz said. "Hey, I don't have no timetable for that. I don't think nobody has it either. If it happens, who cares? I'm just another player that comes in and comes out. Everybody's time is up at some point, I don't think that's my problem. I'm just going to keep on trying like I normally do." Speaking with the media before Tuesday's game, owner John Henry was asked if he thought the end was nearing for Ortiz. Henry noted people were asking the same question when he struggled in 2009. "It'€™s six years later. To me, at least in the last few games when he came back after a couple games off, he was really driving the ball to the opposite field," Henry said. "To me that'€™s a big positive. "You know, the guy, he's the best hitter I've seen for the Red Sox for a long time. He's not in his prime. He's not going to hit 50 home runs, but is he going to hit 30? It doesn't look like it this year. Is he getting older? Yes. But I don't think any of us know. But I talked with him yesterday. He's upbeat about his swing. And we can talk about David, but we've got nine guys batting every day and we've had some terrible at-bats. Our approach has been suspect. But I think we have the right hitting coach and we have the right hitters, and I think they'll get it together. We'll see." With the team seven games under .500 and a run differential of minus-48 entering play Tuesday. Ortiz, who has played for the Red Sox for 13 seasons, was asked if he thinks the team needs drastic changes. "No. I don't think so," he said. "I think offensive players we just need to start doing things better and start winning ballgames." He added: "We haven't been able to combine things. Hitting, pitching, play defense. All of them at once. That cost us some games because of that. When you see when we put that together, it's a different story. Like I said, I stay positive and I believe we can bounce back and get things done because I see everybody working hard to get to that level. If you don't see that then it'll be a different story but I think at some point we'll get there. Hopefully pretty soon." Despite being seven games below .500, they are just 4 1/2 games behind the AL East leading Yankees, who are 27-25. With the collection of talent on the roster, there is obvious frustration with where they are at, but at the same time know things can change, especially with how tightly bunched the division is. "It's a little bit of frustration," Ortiz said. "Like I said, we've tried a lot of different things and none of them have worked out. But that's the worst thing that can happen in baseball, not trying. We're going to keep on trying -- trust me."