BALTIMORE - Let’s give David Ortiz a mulligan.
He had a bad day.
After hitting a towering home run to help his team win for the ninth time in 11 games Monday night against the Orioles, Ortiz had an awkward, strange response on the topic of leadership and respect.
And we have no idea how the topic came up. Ortiz’s comments appeared in an ESPN.com column, so only Ortiz and the reporter, Gordon Edes, really know how it all went down.
All I know is this: I’d be hard-pressed to find a player more respected in baseball overall and on his own team than Ortiz. If he is somehow interpreting the fact that the Sox wouldn’t entertain the idea of a multiyear deal for him as a sign that they don’t respect him, then he should have elaborated on that.
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