August 25, 2006
Ortiz: Yanks Helped Send Me To Hospital
From the AP via Yahoo -
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said stress and nearly a week of sleeplessness caused dehydration and eventually the irregular heartbeat that landed him in a Boston hospital last weekend.
The major league leader in home runs said he was "stressed out about everything" -- including the New York Yankees' first three wins of their eventual five-game sweep of the Red Sox last weekend that has turned both team's seasons. A team doctor advised him to go to Massachusetts General Hospital last Saturday evening.
"I stress a lot, sometimes," the usually gregarious, outwardly jolly giant said before starting again as Boston's designated hitter in the series opener against the Seattle Mariners.
"We got to play all those games against New York. You know, there was a lot of stress going on," the 30-year-old Ortiz said. "And then to go out there and receive that (butt) kicking ... I wasn't feeling good.
"I was beat."
When Boston's Manny Ramirez was told of Ortiz' condition, he went to him and said:
There is this little song I wrote
I hope you learn it note for note
Like good Manny sure can
Don't worry, Big Papi
Listen to what I say
In your life expect some trouble
But when you worry
You make it double
Don't worry, Big Papi......
OK, in all seriousness, imagine if Alex Rodriguez went to the hospital for an irregular heartbeat and he said afterwards that it was the stress of playing the Red Sox that brought it on.
A-Rod would be s'mored alive.
Back to point, does anyone think that the Yankees could stress Big Papi some more if they ever started to make him move his feet in the batter's box?
Or, at the least, maybe New York can get "The Amazing Kreskin" to convince Papi that those pitches from Yankee hurlers left out over the plate are really coming right into his belt buckle?
Hey, the guy has confessed to a crack in his armor, you have to jump on that, no?
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 25, 2006 10:52 PM
Thank God they only play the Angels more than 7 times a year. That's all I've got.
Bottom line is this...The guy is a freakin' DH...So what exactly is he bitching about. This is yet another reason why Jeter is the MVP and not Mr. Erectile Dysfunction Ortiz. Derek is a couple of yrs older than Ortiz and still has enough heart and energy to play the field both on and off the diamond. And i'm pretty sure Derek doesn't need Elevex to get it up...that alone = Jeter 4 MVP.
Papi's so clutch that he even knows when to choke in the clutch.