Every team in the MLB has been waiting for David Ortiz to fall off the face of the planet for the last two or three seasons, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening. Just when it appeared he was washed up in 2010, Ortiz erased an abysmal start by putting up huge power numbers in the second half and finished with solid numbers despite a low batting average. Since then, he has been the Ortiz of old. Big Papi is hitting .302 this season and already has 22 homers and 55 RBIs. At age 36, he is somehow on pace for one of the best years of his career.
Despite his success over the past few seasons, Ortiz continues to have to play on a one-year contract. He and the Red Sox flirted with arbitration this past offseason before agreeing to a one-year, $14.575 million deal. That doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world, but from the sound of it the experience left a lasting foul taste in the mouth of Boston’s favorite slugger.
“It was humiliating,” he told Jorge L. Ortiz of the USA Today in Spanish. “There’s no reason a guy like me should go through that. All I was looking for was two years, at the same salary … and look at my numbers this year. Tell me if they wouldn’t have been better off. And yet they don’t hesitate to sign other guys, it was embarrassing.