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David Ortiz says eating chicken with Pedro Martinez saved his career

David Ortiz says eating chicken with Pedro Martinez saved his career

In a piece on The Players' Tribune titled "Thanks for the memories, Boston," retired designated hitter David Ortiz wrote Monday that skipping out on a game with Pedro Martinez ended up being his big break. 

A first-year member of the Red Sox back in 2003 who had yet to become a star, Ortiz wrote he was frustrated with his usage. Ortiz, who had pinch-hit for Martinez in a June game in Philadelphia, was pulled from the game in the eigthth inning when Martinez apparently told him to join him in playing hooky. Though Ortiz noted he was afraid of getting in trouble, he wrote that he joined Martinez as they went out to dinner. 

Ortiz said he was between bites of chicken wings when he saw on TV that the game had gone into extra innings, and that the Red Sox had lost in 13 innings. 

(In looking it up, that game was indeed the contest in which Nomar Garciaparra went 6-for-6.)

Ortiz wrote that he assumed the fallout from the incident would ruin him in Boston. As it turned out, it helped him get the regular at-bats he sought. 

We end up losing the game in extra innings, and I come in the next day and.…


It was bad. It was really bad.

I was out of the lineup, of course. The media was pissed. Grady Little was pissed. I had to apologize to the whole team. I’m thinking, It’s over for me, for real.

Then something really crazy happened.

Two days later, I walk in the clubhouse at Fenway and my name is up on the board in the starting lineup. 1B: ORTIZ.

I’m like, For real? What’s going on?

I didn’t understand it, but Pedro was making a point. He wanted me to be in the lineup so bad that he was willing put his ass on the line with management. He went in to Grady Little’s office the day after we skipped school, and said, “Listen, that wasn’t David’s fault. I told him we were leaving. It was my idea.”

Grady said, “Are you crazy?”

And Pedro said, “No. You want me to re-sign in Boston, and I want to play with David Ortiz when I pitch. I believe in David.”

That was all it took. When a legend says that to you, I guess you pay attention. I never came out of the lineup after that.

Ortiz added in the piece that he is definitely retired, even though he went back to Fenway Park to work out shortly after the season ended. 

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”