Poor Papi

David Ortiz hit a two-run double Wednesday night against the Tigers.  And thank heaven he did, because listening to the Red Sox post-game on WEEI on Tuesday night, you would have thought that Ortiz is the devil.

Caller after caller, saying send Ortiz down to Pawtucket…Ortiz gotta go…Ortiz musta been juicin’…Ortiz lied about his age.  And this was after a win!!!   We won’t even bring up the Soxcentric web sites.

Remember when...

Remember when...

Suddenly he’s “Ortiz?” What happened to “Big Papi“, that teddy bear of a bopper with whom Red Sox Nation had a non-stop love affair for six years?  The man with the big grin who had kids from Bangor to Branford spitting into their batting gloves and slapping them together before settling into the batter’s box.

Yes, he’s been just awful this year.  And yes, maybe he’s lost it.  (Hey, Jim Rice lost it pretty quickly, and he’s got a trip to Cooperstown coming up.)

But couldn’t we cut a guy who gave us so many thrills a little slack?  At least cut the innuendo?  Or have we become that jaded?

In a “what have you done for me lately” world, Big Papi deserves better.

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11 Responses to Poor Papi

  1. Doug says:

    amen… people suck.

  2. Ed says:

    Amen, Gerry, Amen! BTW I bought Patience beers at the Volvo many years ago. Always thought she and Shannon McChord could be sisters. (Shannon may have been before your 30 time)

  3. hendu says:

    I think George Micheal said it best……”You gotta have faith afaith afaith”

  4. Jerry says:

    Typical Red Sox fan behavior, “what have you done for me lately”, if nothong then you’re a bum.

  5. Gerry says:

    Well, some do, Doug…

    Don’t remember Shannon, Ed, though I do recall Miss Patience enjoyed a frosty…

    Hendu, I’m wit’ you…

    And Jerry, it ain’t just Sawx fans.

  6. Don says:

    Why should we give him any slack…any intelligent baseball fan can draw conclusions that he juiced . If every other “beefy” slugger has a cloud hanging over him, why can’t Papi as well…just because he is a good guy and smiles doesn’t mean we should look the other way. Remember the former Rock Cat wasn’t such a bopper in New Britain where I guess the pharmacies aren’t as potent!

  7. Gerry says:

    Yes they are, Don. You know that!

  8. Ed Kelly says:

    Just a quick observation about Papi “jucing” ….he’s just flat out not hitting…it’s not so much a case of the ball not going as far when he cranks it..Big Papi (I still like to call him that) just isn’t connecting like he has in the past. Now I’m no pharmacist, but just how much does that help with mechanics? Gerry, remember how bad Tek was last season? Does that mean he took time off from his steriods and is using them again now? Ortiz has a lot going wrong for him right now…Let’s just hope he gets that pretty swing back before the front office decides to swing the door closed behind him.

  9. Gerry says:

    I’m with you, Ed.

  10. The worst thing about this whole steroid era mess is that everyone – every single one – is tainted. A generation ago, Ortiz’s slump would have been characterized as simply that. If you hit a lot of home runs, you’fre on steroids. If you’re not hitting as many as you once did, you were on them, now you’re off them.

    This is absurd. This is the way the Taliban thinks. We’re better than that crowd. Aren’t we?

    Shame on those who broke the rules, and the law. There’s no evidence Ortiz ever used steroids.

    It’s a slump. You disagree? Give me some facts.

  11. Don says:

    I guess we should just look the other way since Ortiz has an association with the biggest steroid peddler in the Dominican…come on, we all know if Jeter had that association, those of you in the “Nation” (and that is a ridiculous topic for another time) would be all over him. Double standards. Next thing you are going to tell me is that Manny didn’t take roids during his time in Boston thus tainting the precious wins in ’04 and ’07.

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