The 2013 World Series MVP has spoken a lot in the last day or two about his contract situation, and offered his unvarnished opinion about various media members - the Globe's Nick Cafardo and Dan Shaughnessy, to name two obvious examples from the print media - who have suggested he shut his yap when it comes to being properly compensated for his services.
I don't even know why they're bitching about me talking about contracts. Guys putting up my numbers, they're making [$]25 [million], [$]30 million. I'm not asking for that. I'm asking for half of it. And they're still bitching about it? [Expletive] them. I'm tired of hearing them talk [expletive] about me when I talk about my contract. Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it, [expletive]. So don't be giving me that [expletive].More Flo:
As long as I have been in this organization, I don't think I have disrespected [anyone]. I think I have been honest. I think I have been legit and I've been one of the greatest to wear this uniform, too. Some people forget about that but sometimes you've got to let them know. I think it's very disrespectful for someone out there to be saying that I'm greedy, that all I want to talk about is contract. When am I going to talk about contract? When I retire? ... A lot of them go out there on the radio talk, those radio shows or whatever, they always like to come out with their chest wide open and talk trash ...Another one? ... This season, the Red Sox will try to grab their fourth World Series championship in the last 11 years. (I can scarcely believe that previous sentence is true.)
Haters man, haters, haters. People hate. That's the world we're living in today. People hate people [and] are not comfortable with you doing well, and that's it. ... That part of it motivates me to come in and kick ass, to be honest with you. I'm super-excited. I can't wait for the season to start, can't wait, can't wait. I'm anxious. I'm hungrier than ever right now. To me, what we did last year don't matter. I want to get another one ...
In 11 seasons with Boston, Ortiz has been paid (according to B-Ref) salaries totaling $110,912,500. That's an average of $10 million a year, a shit ton of money to you and me, but chump change in the world of major league baseball. So he's asking for $15 million for 2015? That would be the highest annual salary of his career, by the way. Dude's been horrifically underpaid, if you ask me.
After he's turned in a .962 career OPS in a Red Sox uniform - and led the franchise to THREE WORLD SERIES TITLES - Ortiz has earned the right to say whatever he wants whenever he wants to whoever he wants for as long as he wants.
"[Expletive] them", indeed.