Heart of the Matter
It’s just baseball. We all love it, we all need it, but right now, as David Ortiz goes back to Boston to get his heart checked out, the game seems trivial, as does the woeful way the Red Sox have played of late.
Let’s hope Ortiz is OK. Right now, I don’t care about his chase of the MVP or his pursuit of Jimmie Foxx’s team record of 50 home runs.
I first got to know David Ortiz in Spring Training of 2003 and I’ve liked him since the moment I met him. There is not a nicer guy in baseball than Ortiz. I’ve watched him go from a platoon player to a superstar and he’s the same good guy. He’s produced some of the biggest hits in Red Sox history, he’s become an icon in his sport, and not even an ounce of that success has gone to his head. How many people can you say that about?
Terry Francona emphasized after the game that he’s confident that Ortiz, who has felt a rapid heartbeat on multiple occasions on the past 10 or 11 days, is going to be OK. They just want to cross ever "i" and dot every "t" to make sure there is nothing wrong.
This guy is special. And I hope — for his sake and his family’s sake — that he’s OK.
That’s all I have to say today.