Papi: 'It's becoming s---hole it used to be'

BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has had enough of the reports of turmoil, discontent and toxicity in the Red Sox clubhouse, telling reporters Thursday that he’s fed up with what he sees as the media portraying the team in a negative light.

“It’s becoming the s---hole it used to be,” Ortiz told reporters, referring to the pre-2004 era in team history, when pessimism and negativity were prevailing themes. "Playing here used to be so much fun. Now every day it’s something new. People need to leave us alone, let us play baseball.”

Over the last few days, a number of reports have surfaced, painting the Red Sox as a team with a number of communication issues and overall “multi-layered” unhappiness, as ESPN’s Buster Olney put it over the weekend in the first such report that surfaced.

Ortiz told ESPNBoston.com on Wednesday that the negative depiction of the Sox clubhouse was incorrect. On Thursday morning, a Comcast Sportsnet report depicted the club as “somewhat dysfunctional at nearly every level, more closely resembling a soap opera than a successful team.”

When reporters asked him about these reports and the clubhouse atmosphere, Ortiz’s answers turned pointed.

" Too much s---, man. Too much s---,” said Ortiz, who said baseball hasn’t been fun. “It seems like every day there’s something new."

On the field, Ortiz has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. Over the last nine games, he has 5 homers, 12 RBIs and is hitting .414. The Red Sox have won 6 of their last 7 games and go for a three-game sweep of the Marlins on Thursday night at Fenway.