Re: Bobby V. and his continued undermining of the Sox
posted at 10/24/2012 11:00 AM EDT
In response to DayToDay's comment:
So some people think that Ortiz loafed around at the end of the year and wasn't really hurt that badly. He could've come back to play (which he actually tried to do, by the way, and left the game with a limp), but he didn't because he "only cared about his own interests."
I have a question for you people. If Ortiz didn't come back to play because he only cared about his own interests, don't you think it would've been in his best interest to come back and play? Ortiz is someone who has made it clear he wants an extended contract with the Sox. And if not the Sox, then he wants to look enticing to another team.
The biggest question with Ortiz for the Sox and any other team is Ortiz's age and durability. What possible benefit would Ortiz have of reaffirming everyone's primary fears about him that he is too old and injury prone? If Ortiz only cared about himself, then wouldn't the win/loss record of the team he was currently playing on be irrelevant vs. his future prospects? Wouldn't he want to continue with his monster season he'd been having if he was physically able to? (And in fact Rob Bradford has confirmed that it was Ortiz that insisted on trying to come back, even though he still didn't feel right.)
Because the way things shook out with him struggling to come back and finishing the season in a boot, he made himself a heck of a lot LESS enticing. I'm having trouble with some people's logic here. Do you think Ortiz's agent told him, "Yes, David, make yourself look old and injured. I recommend that. I want you to instill the fear in people that the achilles injury may be career-threatening and that a team can't depend on your health in the future. I feel that will give us a real leg up when it comes to bargaining in the off season."
It may not have given him a leg up when it came to bargaining in the off season, but the suggested treatment for an achilles tendon injury is to sleep with your leg elevated; so, literally, this part of his agent's advice was sound.