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DAVID ORTIZ: “DO NOT BLAME BOBBY VALENTINE”
Fri, 05 Oct 2012 02:30 AM EDT

Let the rest of the world debate the fate of Bobby Valentine, and guess at who the next Red Sox manager might be. David Ortiz would prefer to stay out of that one.

“To me, personally, I do not care who my boss is,” Ortiz expounded. “I’m sufficiently old to know what I have got to do, what my routine is, what my issues are, what my goals are. I might be the best piece of cake a manager can ever have. I go about my business, man. I know the rules.

“That’s why you never heard anybody say, ‘Papi was late, Papi was doing this or that.’ I know the rules. Whether or not they’re not in your face 24/7, you know they are there. I follow the rules.”

Ortiz has been that way ever since he was a little kid in the Dominican Republic, he announced.

“I never liked to look bad,” he announced. “I never liked my parents having to discipline me. And if you don’t like that, the only thing you can do is try to do the right thing.”

Ortiz has played for 3 managers in his 10 seasons with the Red Sox: Grady Little, Terry Francona and Valentine. Asked to speculate on Valentine’s successor, Ortiz said: “That’s up to them, what they feel about bringing in. I never had problems with Grady, never had problems with Tito. Even with Bobby, I never had — Bobby would come and ask me questions, I’d ask him questions; let him know what’s on my mind.

“I don’t have much to say about managers. To me, my job whoever is the manager, I try to allow him know I’ve got his back and hopefully he has got mine. That’s it. I know what to do, and if there’s something wrong that I’m doing, let me know. I’m an employee here. Often you’re doing things that you don’t know you’re doing it wrong, but that has not been my case.”

Ortiz stated the obvious Monday, declaring the season a “disaster all the way around.”

“Some people need to blame the manager, some people want to blame the front office, some people want to blame players,” Ortiz said.

“Even you guys as reporters have something to carry, something to do with all of the (expletive). We’re all involved. We all need to know it’s going to get better. Odds

“Blame isn’t one guy. This is a thing we did as a group. It’s a chain, a chain reaction. I don’t believe it’s correct it’s Bobby’s fault, the way we failed this year. I don’t believe it’s fair in any way. He can tell us what to do, but after that we are in charge.”

As for the criticism that Valentine created some of his own issues, Ortiz responded: “Maybe yes, maybe no. I hear things. I don’t know what happened between him and a player. I see how he has been with me. He’s been very supportive to me, once I got injured. He’s been the guy who wanted to make sure I don’t screw up (and play) with my injuries. I really appreciate it.”


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