He's the best DH ever, the best clutch hitter I've ever seen and a HOFer IMO. No disrespect to him at all as a player. But I don't understand how this guy is universally loved around baseball.
- He stands at home plate and admires all his home runs. He walks around the bases. He often throws in a bat flip for good measure as well. In a game where we allays talk about "unwritten rules" and "respecting the game" this guy never does that but no one seems to care.
- The guy has thrown MULTIPLE temper tantrums about scorers not giving him hits and ruling errors instead. That to me is just such an *** hole, selfish, individualistic move. It's one thing to file a complaint behind the scenes but he just goes off about it publicly.
- When the Red Sox traded away Manny he made it a point to always throw his teammates under the bus. He often complained that the team needed protection behind him. Way to throw your current teammates under the bus. Again, it's one thing to voice those concerns behind closed doors with management but to come out and say the guys hitting behind you aren't good enough is being an awful teammate.
- He constantly complains about his contract. He did take a pretty below market deal on his first extension but ever since then he's *****ed about every contract he's signed. Whenever he has 1 or 2 years left he *****es and moans about his deal. Normally, athletes that complain about their contracts are looked down upon but Ortiz has always escaped that scorn. He's never been one of the highest paid players in the game though so I can somewhat understand why he gets a pass on this one.
- Ortiz is the only player I can think of that ever tested positive for steroids and had people believe him that it was just a mix-up. Everyone else is shunned and chastised regardless of their explanation. (Well, I guess Pettite escaped that reaction too, but he did admit to actually taking steroids. People just believed that it was only for a short period to recover from injury. People genuinely seem to believe that Ortiz never took them.) I'm not commenting on whether or not Ortiz did use - I could care less if he did. I'm just talking about how he's the only player whose story people actually buy rather than just calling him guilty.
Again, in no way shape or form am I criticizing the player. He's one of the best hitters of my generation. I can understand why Red Sox fans would still love him despite all of this because of what he's done for his team. I just don't understand why the rest of baseball likes him. Is it because he smiles a lot? "Big Papi" is just a cool, friendly nickname? He embarrassed the Yankees in 04 and people hate the Yankees so that makes him cool? As far as I'm concerned, this guy is just a tier below A-Rod on the *** hole, ego maniac, individualistic scale.