Fresh off his new deal with the Red Sox, slugger David Ortiz fired back at former manager Bobby Valentine, who two weeks ago insinuated his designated hitter missed the latter part of the season not because of soreness from an Achilles injury but because his team was out of the playoff hunt.
Some highlights from his interview with ESPNdeportes.com:
"Number 1, never bite the hand the feeds you because in the end that will come back to bite you," Ortiz told ESPNDeportes.com. "I was one of those players that always showed support for him. In fact, I held a couple of player meetings.
"Number 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.
"Number 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."