David Ortiz dismisses controversial column as reason for slump

  • David Whitlock
Credit: AP

Credit: AP

The question had to be asked, did Dan Shaughnessy’s Boston Globe May 8 column insinuating that Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz’s hot start was a result of PED’s, mostly based on circumstantial evidence of his Dominican Republic nationality get inside his head and lead to his stark downturn in offensive production?  First the numbers:

April 20 – May 7:  24-58 (.414), 4HR, 17RBI
May 8 – May 13: 1-17 (.059), 0HR, 0RBI, and 1 DNP/Benching

Ortiz, who took exception to the Shaughnessy’s conclusions, dismisses that it is affecting his play and pins it more an a previously undisclosed soreness.  He told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (via ESPNBoston.com):

“I’ve been dealing with a sore left side,” Ortiz said. “For that reason, I was pulling the ball rather than hitting it the opposite way.  “I was hurt in one of the first games when we returned home due to the cold, but I’m feeling better and soon will start hitting again.” he said.

Then when Rojas asked directly if the aforementioned column had affected his performance, Ortiz replied, “Not really, not really.”

“Not really”, which isn’t “not at all”.

Ortiz did turn his slump around in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game in Tampa with a 3-run home run off of previously nearly unhittable Matt Moore, so for now, the slump is over, and this is water under the bridge.  Unless it persists.  After all, Ortiz is 37-years-old and may not recover from something like an oblique injury like a 27-year-old might.  Without a little help in a bottle.

David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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