As if Boston Red Sox fans don’t have enough to handle — what with the team’s September swoon and the departures of Theo Epstein and Terry Francona and a report about clubhouse anarchy and pitchers drinking and ordering takeout during games — David Ortiz has said that which is unmentionable.
He would consider playing for the New York Yankees.
“That's something I gotta think about. I've been here on the Red Sox a long time, and I've seen how everything goes down between these two ballclubs,” Ortiz, who’s headed for free agency, said in an ESPN interview. “It's great from what I hear. It's a good situation to be involved in. Who doesn't want to be involved in a great situation where everything goes the right way?”
The question is whether the Yankees — and New Yorkers — would embrace him. Although he hit 29 home runs and drovein 96 runs, he will turn 36 next month and has played only 12 games in the field the last three seasons. In the interview with ESPN, he professed not to know that Epstein was leaving for Chicago, so perhaps he is unaware that the Yankees have designated-hitter candidates in Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Jesus Montero (with the presumed departure of Jorge Posada).
“I have been thinking about a lot of things,” Ortiz said. “I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year.”
New York scribes aren’t exactly rolling out the welcome mat.
“Yes, the Red Sox are a mess, but the Yankees don't need to bail Boston out of any of its problems,” the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan writes. “Let that ship go down in flames in Boston Harbor.”
This means only one thing: time to go back to Plan A, winning over New Yorkers one hug at a time.
H/T Big League Stew