Still Missing Manny?

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, center, clowns around with from L to R: Bill Hall, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)


The Sun Comes Up, The Sun Goes Down, And David Ortiz
Is Still Looking For Protection in the Red Sox Lineup

Papi's Ready to Do Some Damage, But He Wants a Little Help, Again
Ortiz Looks to Be in Great Shape, Can the Same Be Said for the Sox Lineup?
Living La Vida Loca, But Papi's Never Going to Look Like Ricky Martin
The Negativity In This Town Stinks and It Sucks. Sincerely, Rick Pitino... And Papi
Reunited Sooner Than Later? Manny Says He's Done with the Dodgers After '10

"Well, protection, in baseball, for a guy like me, is always going to be an issue. No question about it. Whoever knows baseball, knows that. If you look at the Yankees last year, [Mark] Teixeira when did he start raking? When Alex [Rodriguez] came back. Manny [Ramirez] and me, we did the same thing. If I'm a pitcher and I had to face Papi and I gotta face any other guy, in a tough situation, I'm not sure I'm not gonna shoot for the guy that I feel is not gonna be a tough guy in a dangerous situation for me. That's how baseball goes. And everybody knows that. So everybody needs protection in baseball... I've been doing that for years because I don't have Manny behind me all the time, all the time I've been here when Manny wasn't even playing I had to figure things out, you know, but it doesn't go like that the whole season. At one point you need someone behind you to see pitches... I'm not making out the lineup, I can't tell you right now [if I have enough protection]... ask Tito, he would tell you." -- 2.22.10, Ortiz speaks in Fort Myers

In Other Controversial News... Mike Cameron Forgot His Batting Gloves on Day One
Theo Called Him Out Like It's His First Day at School... Good Times

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