David Ortiz regrets announcing retirement, but not because he’s changing his mind about playing for the Boston Red Sox in 2017.
“I’m too busy. I have too many things to do,” Ortiz said. “I barely have time to do anything. If I had even imagined it would be so difficult, I wouldn’t have announced anything. There are too many people I have to pay attention to, and on top of that I have to prepare for the game.”
Whatever the distractions, “Big Papi” is having one of the best seasons of his career, with a .342 batting average, 18 home runs and 59 RBIs, thriving on a young roster teeming with talent at age 40.
Yet Ortiz said he is not having second thoughts about retiring after 19 seasons.
“I would love to play a couple more years because this is what I know, this is what I like to do and you see how people treat me,” Ortiz said. “But unfortunately, when your body tells you it’s enough, it’s enough. You have no idea the magic I have to do to play ball every day”.
“Actually, it’s not magic, it’s work . . .hard work is the only thing that gives you consistency in this game, nothing else.”
Assuming Ortiz holds to his decision to retire, his last series in the Bay Area will be Sept. 2, 3 and 4 against the A’s in Oakland.