David Ortiz

David Price says David Ortiz isn't same hitter: 'If he was he'd be [at All-Star Game] right now'

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2015 - 1:13 pm

CINCINNATI -- David Ortiz and David Price had their battle last May when Price hit Ortiz with a 94 mph fastball and they had a war of words afterwards. Asked by WEEI.com prior to Tuesday's All-Star Game if he thought Ortiz was the same hitter as he once was, Price didn't hesitate. "No, he's not. He's just different," Price said. "If he was he'd be here right now." Price also said Ortiz did not reach out to him following last year's incident. He said he doesn't have a problem with Ortiz, though. Another player in the American League clubhouse had a different take on Ortiz. Albert Pujols of the Angels was asked what he thought of people saying Ortiz was "washed up" or nearing the end of his career. "That's what they said last year and he hit over 30 homers," Pujols said. "Those are the critics and those are the people that need to go away and don't watch any games." "He's great. He's one of the ambassadors of this game," he added. "He's been pretty much a face of the game. Great man, great friend of mine and a lot of things I have learned from him." Ortiz is batting .231 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs at the All-Star break.