Bobby Valentine: David Ortiz ‘decided not to play anymore’

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Bobby Valentine is still talking about his former employer, the Boston Red Sox. This weeks target? David Ortiz.
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This whole Bobby Valentine/Red Sox situation is getting a little ridiculous. Both have gone their separate ways, and you would think that the childish back and forth would go with it. Well, apparently not. In an interview with Costas tonight, Valentine says that Red Sox star David Ortiz, who spent the last month of the season on the disabled list, did so because he knew his team was out of the race, not because he was injured.

Valentine cited the Red Sox blockbuster trade, in which the team traded star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers, as Ortiz’s main motivation to shut it down for the season:

“He realized that this trade meant that we’re not going to run this race and we’re not even going to finish the race properly and he decided not to play anymore,” Valentine said in an interview airing Tuesday night on Costas Tonight on NBC Sports Network. “I think at that time it was all downhill from there.”


Without knowing the tone Valentine is using here, this seems like an awfully strong accusation to make so casually. He is basically accusing Ortiz of quitting, and not giving his all to his teammates. It doesn’t get much worse than that in sports. On the other hand, just because it is extreme, doesn’t make it false. However, with news that Ortiz is close to a deal with the Red Sox, it doesn’t seem that the team agrees with Valentine’s assessment.

Unfortunately, this probably won’t be the last time we hear of this story, and this Valentine vs. Red Sox drama, so stay tuned.

By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager

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3 Responses to Bobby Valentine: David Ortiz ‘decided not to play anymore’

  • Bobby Valentine is correct in everything he says. At the beginning of the 2012 season, he was told to discipline this team because Francona had been too player friendly, and lost control. So that’s what Bobby did in his own style, and the players didn’t like it. So instead of going to their manager for a talk, they go to the media to voice their displeasure, and the circus began. Managers today are not managers so much as they are personal assistants to overpaid, stupid, selfish ballplayers, who hit .187 with runners in scoring position, flirt with chicks from the dugout while their team is losing, retire to the clubhouse to drink beer and play cards while their team is in a pennant race, pout and declare a multi year contract at age 37 at more then the 14.75 million I made last year only playing 90 games is a matter of respect. LOL. Now the Red Sox owners and GM are very embarassed about their grand plan for 2012 going awry, but they haven’t the guts to take any blame, so they make Bobby Valentine the scape goat. It’s his fault. LOL. Just get some players with the right attitude and they will kick ass, because they love to play, and play hard, and have team spirit. The fans will enjoy this as well.

  • i believe Bobby. papi has been good for the sox,but only when they are winning. he certainly is not in shape the way he runs to first.10 mill per year is more than enough for a guy that can’t run or play the field, but only on a year to year deal. He will miss alot of time if he signs a 2 year deal.

  • Get over yourself Bobbie V.

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