Is Red Sox star slugger David Ortiz so sick of the drama in Boston that he'd consider joining hated rival New York?
Possibly, according to a revealing new interview.
Ortiz told ESPN on Wednesday that he was sick of the drama and that it would play an impact on where he decided to go as a free agent this off-season.
After the worst regular season collapse in baseball history, the Red Sox have been embroiled in major drama and controversy. First was the departure of likable manager Terry Francona, then the Boston Globe's story detailing a dysfunctional team, and now wunderkind general manager Theo Epstein appears headed to the Chicago Cubs.
All of the unnecessary moves and controversy is too much for Ortiz.
There's too much drama, man, Ortiz told ESPN. There's too much drama. I have been thinking about a lot of things. I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year.
The Globe's story, which dominated Wednesday's headlines, detailed how pitchers John Lackey, Jon Lester, and Josh Beckett would routinely go into the clubhouse during games and drink beer, eat fried chicken, and play video games. Additionally the story said that part of the team's demise could be attributed to former manager Terry Francona's failing marriage and prescription pill problem.
Ortiz noticed that the Yankees season also ended in disappointment -- the Yankees lost in the ALDS to the Tigers -- but there wasn't near the amount of drama or controversy in New York like there currently is in Boston. As a free agent, that's something that Ortiz will take into account.
It's great from what I hear, Ortiz said of the Yankees. It's a good situation to be involved in. Who doesn't want to be involved in a great situation where everything goes the right way?
They lost just like we did, they just went to the first round of the playoffs. I ain't heard nobody coming out killing everybody just because they lost.
Whether the Yankees would be interested in signing a soon-to-be 36-year old Big Papi, but it could at least be the end of his Red Sox era.
I see a lot of people out there asking the Red Sox to let Papi go, and I don't know why, Ortiz told Dominguez. As long as I've been here, I'm just doing my thing.
We'll see how things go down,