Red Sox's David Ortiz on Bobby V: 'This guy must have mental issues'
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz finally responded to the criticism that he received from former manager Bobby Valentine, who said the DH had quit on the team.
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Last month, former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said designated hitter David Ortiz quit on the team after trying to come back from an Achilles injury. After signing a two-year extension with the team on Monday, Ortiz shot back.
From ESPNBoston, here's what Ortiz had to say to ESPNDeportes.com about Valentine's accusations:
"No. 1, never bite the hand that feeds you, because in the end that will come back to bite you," Ortiz said. "I was one of those players that always showed support for him. In fact, I held a couple of player meetings.
"No. 2, the day that I returned from the DL, I told him that I was not sure what percentage health-wise I was in, but that I could not be out there without trying to help. When I told him that, I put my career on the side to help him and the team. Being in an incredible amount of pain, I went out there to support them.
"No. 3, after he went on national TV to say what he said, he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things. I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something? I said, I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone."
It's going to be tough to find anyone who sides with anyone but Ortiz on this issue -- and it's also telling that Ortiz is still around, while Valentine is not.
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