Re: For David Ortiz, it's motivation via the media
posted at 2/5/2014 2:09 PM EST
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By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff
Motivation comes from different places for all of us. For athletes, it often comes via the media.
Bill Belichick is famous for finding quotes in stories that are even slightly disparaging about the Patriots and making sure his players hear about them. Preseason predictions also make good fodder. The "nobody believes in us" theme works for plenty of coaches or managers regardless of whether it's actually true or not.
So it was no great surprise that David Ortiz posted this message on Twitter yesterday:
Finishing my workout to have another monster season for all those media hater that still doubting!!!
The slightly misspelled tweet included a photograph of a svelte-looking Ortiz at the gym in a sweat-stained shirt.
Ortiz is angry because a number of columnists and radio personalities took him to task after he lobbied for a contract extension in December and again during a television interview in January.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy wrote that Ortiz was "tone-deaf, selfish, and offensive."
Back in December, the Herald's Steve Buckley wrote that Ortiz was "like an old vaudeville comic who keeps using the same act in city after city, year after year."
Surely Dan and Buck are on the "media haters" list that Ortiz has in his head. He may even take it out on them for a day or two in spring training, although that never lasts. Ortiz is too gregarious to stay in a foul mood very long.
The funny thing about Ortiz having a Nixonian media enemies list is how well he is treated by the press in Boston. Everybody likes the guy and goodness knows he has given us plenty of exciting things to write about over the years. Ortiz is one of the few athletes you usually get a honest answer from and the "Big Papi" personality is one we cheerfully propagate for the most part.
Can you imagine if Alex Rodriguez stood watching his home runs and jogged slowly around the bases? Or if he dropped a f-bomb on live television? Or if another 38-year-old player asked for a contract extension with $15 million left on his deal?
The Red Sox have made it clear, on numerous occasions, they want Ortiz to retire with the team, so all of his hubbub in the Hub is probably meaningless. But Ortiz is trying to get more guaranteed money out of the team now after seeing some of the contracts doled out this winter. You can disagree with his methods, but he's got a good point given the state of baseball's economy.
Ben Cherington and John Farrell surely loved that tweet. If being mad at Shaughnessy kept Ortiz on the treadmill another 15 minutes, that works for them.
Okay..well..in fairness a few Boston media people took him to task for lobbying for a contract extension VIA the media rather than keeping the business part of the game private until the agreed upon negotiating time. I doubt anyone has an issue with Ortiz' desire for an extension...just the method he went about it.
Ortiz cannot create these situations in the media and then turn around and cry foul when the media discusses it. NO ONE in the Boston sports media would be talking about an Ortiz contract extension but for the fact that Ortiz himself made the comments in an interview. You know..those comments about him "hoping he doesn't have to wear another uniform"...?
I suppose different strokes for different folks..but it's kind of sad that someone with such talent feels like he can only get his motivation from negative media comments. I guess the fan love is not motivation enough.
Ortiz talks a lot about respect but respect is a two way street.
O well, in a few years David will not be in the media lime light like he is now. The remarks are focused on his contract remark and that is it. The media stayed away from personal issues like his divorce, something they did not even do for Ted Williams.
If someone goes into Politics or plays for the sox, they need to deal with the heat or they should get out of the kitchen. The bottom line is David should only be concerned on what John Henry thinks, the person who pays him, no matter what happens.