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Red Sox DH David Ortiz rips critics who complain about his contract status

Red Sox DH David Ortiz will get his shot in the field at first base during the World Series. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz would like a one-year extension with the team. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said he is in no hurry to get a contract extension done with the team as he prepares to play the final season of his contract, but says he is tired of the critics who complain about him talking about his status.

Ortiz is scheduled to make $15 million this season after hitting .309 with 30 homers and 103 RBI, and leading Boston to its third World Series title in the past 10 seasons.

Ortiz went on a expletive-laden tirade in which he explained that he is not asking for a top salary like some players who are making twice what he does.

"I don't even know why they're bitching about me talking about contracts," Ortiz said, via the Boston Herald. "Guys putting up my numbers, they're making $25, $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]."

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Ortiz also said he is only looking for a one-year deal, contrary to multiple media reports.

"The bottom line is, people like that, you just don't pay attention to them," Ortiz said. "It's a small group, and yeah, they're the ones who like to bring negativity and talk trash, but nobody knows what it takes for a guy like me to do what I do."

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