Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz doesn’t know when he will retire, but he does know when he does decide to call it quits, he doesn’t want a retirement tour like the ones had by New York Yankees stars Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.
Ortiz, 38, is having another fine season, hitting .263 with 32 home runs and 98 RBI. But Boston is near the bottom of the American League, a year after winning the World Series for the third time in the past 10 years.
"What Derek Jeter is doing is fine, because he's Derek Jeter. What Mariano did is fine, because it's Mariano," Ortiz said to ESPN.com. "But I don't know if I'm going to go through all that. I'm not going to wake up and be like, 'I'm going to play this year and then not anymore.' To me, it's going to be how things go through the season and how I feel, and then I'm going to be like, 'Mama, it's over.' I'm going to let her know."
Ortiz says that he is worn out and he is not going to like it when he is sitting at home watching the World Series.
"It sucks. Sucks. You know you're basically playing for nothing," Ortiz said. "It sucks. It wears you out more than when you know you're going to the playoffs -- believe it or not.”
- Scooby Axson