Driving home from Fenway Park last night after seeing a Red Sox game with my family, I looked back at their game against the San Francisco Giants, arguably the hottest team in the MLB. Going into the game I was thinking to myself how the Sox would get crushed and lose in front of thousands of fans; boy was I wrong.
David Ortiz, or Big Papi as you might call him, proved me wrong by hitting a 442-foot 3-run bomb to give the Red Sox the 4-0 lead, which would end up being the final score of the game. After hitting the home run I screamed, “THE BIG FATHER HAS DONE IT AGAIN! NEVER RETIRE!”And that’s what Papi shouldn’t do, retire.
Halfway through the season Ortiz already has hit 23 home runs and has collected 72 RBIs. He’s already more than halfway through his stats from last season (37 HR, 108 RBI), where he played 146 games. David Ortiz is putting up MVP numbers and will be on the list of American League players in contention to win the award.
Although he’s 40 years old, why stop now? He’s a DH and doesn’t see any playing time on the field. He’s a power hitter, and that’s all he needs to be for this young team full of great hitters. He sits out a game occasionally, which is perfectly fine because I mean, he is 40 years old. He’s putting up just as good of stats as he was 5-10 years ago, and there’s no sign of him slowing down anytime soon.
Along with this the Red Sox currently have a record of 52-39 and sit a half a game behind the Baltimore Orioles for first in the American League East. The Sox have one of the best hitting units in baseball. Give the team some decent pitching and they’d have one of the best records in baseball. The team is full of young, promising hitters like Xander Bogaerts, 23 (who, by the way, is also in contention for American League MVP), Mookie Betts, 23, and Jackie Bradley Jr., 26. These three players were also named starters for the American League in the 2016 All-Star game, alongside David Ortiz. Barring any injuries, this young hitting unit could help carry this team into the postseason. Like I said before, add some good pitching and this could be a championship team.
Give them a couple more years, Papi. Give the Red Sox another year or two to add to this young team and get better and climb the rankings of the American League and the MLB. Retirement shouldn’t even be a thought if you keep playing the way you do. Once you start to slow down, that’s when you’ll know to hang ’em up, but I don’t see that coming anytime soon. But if this is the beginning of the end, what a hell of a way to go out. Keep doing you Big Papi.