After nearly 10 years of marriage, Red Sox DH David Ortiz and wife Tiffany are calling it quits.
In an interview Monday with MLB.com, Big Papi confirmed something that had been rumored for several months.
“There are some situations in life that work out for a period of time and at some point they don’t work out anymore and you have to move on,” Ortiz told the Major League Baseball website as well as WEEI.com. “I’m moving on. She’s moving on. Hopefully everybody respects that.”
The couple, who live in Weston, have two daughters, Jessica and Alexandra, and a son, D’Angelo. The Sox slugger said the separation is amicable and he hopes the public will respect his family’s privacy.
Since coming off the disabled list earlier this month, Ortiz has been among the team’s most productive hitters. Before Monday’s game, he was hitting .516 with two homers, and 11 RBIs.
“I’m going to separate things,” Ortiz said. “Whatever is happening to me off the field is happening, but I try not to confuse that and bring that into my job. I know how to separate things. Personal life matters, and hopefully everybody respects that.”
Attempts to reach Tiffany Ortiz were unsuccessful Monday. On her Twitter account, which is restricted, she identifies herself as “Mother of Alex & D, BFF of Foxxy and the baby Happy. On the Boston board for US fund for UNICEF, Pmc rider, Tree Hugger and Yogi.” There is no mention of David Ortiz.