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10 Reasons The Red Sox Should Give David Ortiz A Contract through Whenever He Decides To Retire

Last week, David Ortiz  told a Boston radio station that while he’d like to finish his career with the Red Sox but, that it would be “time to move on” if he didn’t receive another long-term deal. Ortiz later that it’s only a year extension. Well I completely agree with, Ortiz and these are the reasons why I think we should resign him.

1. He’s a hard worker and stays in shape, and even though he’s struggled in the past, he’s looking good now!

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2.Ortiz  hit .309/.395/.564 with 30 homers and 103 RBIs. He hit five home runs in the postseason, including two off the Rays’ David Price. The huge a comeback  grand slam in Game 2 of the ALCS. And another homer in the the World Series  off the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha in Game 2. In all, he hit .353/.500/.706 in 68 postseason plate appearances and .688/.760/1.188 in the World Series. Amazing, especially considering he came off an injury, and started the season late.

3. He’s cut down on his strike outs by 14% over the last 3 seasons, and is incredibly clutch (again game 2 of the ALCS)

4. Big Papi is a he is a run-producing machine.  He also brings a power bat, and most importantley, does it for pennies on the dollar.

5. Ortiz was one of  hree players in baseball last season to bat over .300, hit 30 or more home runs, and drive in 100 or more runs. The other two were AL MVP Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and NL MVP canidate Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

6. He’s a seasoned veteran who has been on three World Series teams, and is an excellent role model and influence for the younger players on the 25 man roster.

7. In a time where the DH is sort of not a defined role, Ortiz defines it. Ortiz is the all-time hits leader for designated hitters and still adding to that number.

8. It would shut Dan Shaughnessy up…. For the time being….

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9. He wants to retire in  a Red Sox uniform.

10. The “This is our Fucking City Speech”

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Curt Schilling Diagnosed With Cancer

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(WEEI)- Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer, the former Red Sox pitcher announced in a statement released by ESPN.“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in the statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.” Schilling pitched for the Red Sox from 2004 to 2007, helping the team win twoWorld Series. He was at his best in the playoffs, as he went 6-1 with a 3.28 ERA during those two World Series runs. In December, ESPN announced that Schilling would be joining its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team this season. The network has not said if Schilling’s diagnosis changes that. Schilling’s wife, Shonda, battled skin cancer back in 2001 and wound up founding the Shade Foundation of America the next year to promote sun safety awareness. The Schillings have also helped raise awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig‘s Disease). “Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers,” Schilling said.“My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means. With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.”

Over the last few months we’ve heard a lot about Curt Schilling, but this. This is different. This is very upsetting news. I’ve admired Schilling over the year first with the Phillies, then The Diamond Backs, and then of course the Red Sox. Schilling has always been a stand up guy, and is an athlete who in this era one should look up to both on the field and off the field. Schilling ultimately will go down in my book as one of the greatest pitchers of all time. I got to meet Schilling in the 6th or 7th grade and that’s when I knew that he was one of the best people to ever come into the game of baseball. He took time out of his day to sign balls for my friend and I, and to me that was amazing. So all I have to say is good luck Curt and we hope that you beat this just like you beat the Yankees in the 2001 world series and again in the 2004 ALCS.

We’re all sending thoughts and prayers your way, and I hope you get well soon!

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