A decade after leaving the Twins, Ortiz's passion remains strong at age 37

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 2:15 PM

A decade after his release from the Twins, David Ortiz, at 37 years old, remains the heart of the Red Sox lineup.

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brianmomanMay. 16, 1310:16 PM

I worked in the Twins Clubhouse when David played for the Twins. Davey was one of a kind, even before he was a big time player, he was one of the guys you hoped it happened for them... Big Pappi is a A+ in my book it could not happened to a better person! #MonetteRealestate.com

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gofurnuttMay. 16, 1311:22 PM

Ya, Thanks Ortiz for givin' It yer all while with the Twins...If you would've done that, you'd still be with 'em....

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comradeMay. 17, 13 3:02 AM

Dropping the F-bomb on TV was a crass, crude thing to do. It was not done "in the heat of the moment" because there was no heat of the moment. I'm sick of people behaving like this. He needs to grow up and think of other people besides himself. Another athlete who thinks the world revolves around him.

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jpweisserMay. 17, 13 7:46 AM

Loved him enough that they released him. Was his nickname Davey or Ortizy with the twins?Maybe it was the wake up call that David needed to propel him to his success in Boston. His game is built on raw power & pulling the ball....not sure if he'd of had that same success with the Twins & their hitting philosophy. Congrats to David on the great nickname & also for what he's done the last 10+ years in Boston.

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aphlolMay. 17, 13 7:58 AM

Hitting too many homers costs too much money for the Twins taste and makes their feeble slappers look bad by comparison. How many W.S. titles have the Twins seen without him? Oh that's right the Twins aren't interested in winning the W.S., that'd ruin all their marketed 1991 nostalgia.

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jjaymzMay. 17, 13 8:26 AM

Another victim of the Twins organizational arrogance of doing things the "Twins Way." Just be a robot or you're gone. The latest Twins "failure:" Carlos Gomez, now leading the NL in batting. Gardenhire loved having him around??? Yeah, right.

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bolock54May. 17, 13 8:38 AM

Too bad, the Twins could have used him.....should have just let him be himself, and hit the way he could have, not the TWINS WAY....

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commonsens4uMay. 17, 13 9:00 AM

Twins didn't need him. He can't hit weak grounders to the opposite field.

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vikings1May. 17, 13 9:05 AM

jjaymz - "The latest Twins "failure:" Carlos Gomez, now leading the NL in batting." Funny how you ignored the last 7 years of his career and focused just on the last 30+ games. Such a small sample size does not change the fact that Gomez is a career .250 hitter that strikes out 25% of the time. By the end of the year he'll be hitting around .250 and have over 100 k's.

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teddygMay. 17, 1310:06 AM

I don't know why my fellow Boston fans like this guy so much. He had a couple of very good years for them (05, 06) when he was juiced and and getting good pitches to hit when batting in front of Ramirez. But he's now missing more games than he plays in and his bat speed is about like grandpas. The trend is not his friend.

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