As the Boston Red Sox face a looming deadline to decide whether to pick up David Ortiz's one-year, $12.5 million option for 2011, the slugger reiterated that his preference would be for a multi-year contract extension, telling WEEI.com he would be “not comfortable” with just a one-year deal because of the “roller coaster” season he just went through.
The 34-year-old Ortiz struggled through his second straight horrific April before bouncing back to finish the season with 32 homers and 102 RBIs. Along the way, though, he grew tired of those questioning whether his days as a productive hitter were at an end.
"I just want to cut out all the crap and go back to the guy I was before, a happy guy who doesn't have to be answering questions that have nothing to with anything but controversy. I just want to be able to play baseball and have fun, like I used to," Ortiz told WEEI.com. "That's where I came back to not wanting just one year, because I know it's going to be just the same thing. As soon as you struggle for a week, it's going to be the same thing. People saying you are old, saying you have no bat speed anymore. People talking all kind of crap. It's hard to avoid that because it's all over the place. You're a regular human being just like everyone else. It's not like you're in a cage, locked up and you come to the field and that's it. It's not like we don't watch TV, listen to the radio, read the newspaper. We are all connected to that stuff. Especially here."