If you don't recall, Manning said this:
"I'm trying to be a good teammate here, but let's just say we had problems in protection."
Not a terrible thing, but still calling out his teammates in the media. How is that so different from David Ortiz saying this?
"Don't get me wrong -- he's a great player, having a great season, but he's got a lot of guys in that lineup," Ortiz continued. "Top to bottom, you've got a guy who can hurt you. Come hit in this lineup, see how good you can be."
Talk about throwing your teammates under the bus!
And yeah, it's not like Ortiz has Manny Ramirez or someone like that hitting behind him... oh wait, scratch that, he does.
Anyway, Ortiz' whole argument is wrong. He claims the media is just making up excuses not to vote for him... which is why A-Rod won the MVP last year and why someone else might win this year. Disregarding the fact that A-Rod was better last year, isn't the media the ones perpetuating the theory that Ortiz is a nearly infallible clutch hitter, which is the main appeal of Ortiz? Yes, yes they are.
Even if Ortiz is saying people aren't voting for him just because he's a DH (and he should be penalized there), there's also the small fact that Ortiz hasn't even been the best hitting DH in the AL this year (that's Travis Hafner)... but we shouldn't let that get in the way.
Just one more newsflash to David Ortiz (because I know he's reading), you can help your team win games even if you don't hit 40 HR. Such as by playing good defense, getting on base, running the bases well, etc. But once again, who asked me?
I'm just wondering why there's been fairly little talk (at least from what I've seen) about Ortiz basically saying the guys around him in the lineup aren't that good... but maybe I'm just overreacting?