Recently, Ortiz sat down with USA Today Sports for a Spanish language interview. Here are some of the highlights.
1. Ortiz is not a fan of Donald Trump
This may not surprise you given that Ortiz is from the Dominican Republic, but he doesn’t take threats or slights made toward immigrants lightly.
Calling Trump’s comments a “slap in the face,” Ortiz took a stand for Latin people as a whole:
“Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy. Whoever opposes that is going to lose.” He then defended immigrants from all countries, as well as their rights to pursue the best life they can in the United States, saying, “All those people come here with one goal, to realize the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.”
It’s hard to disagree with Ortiz — provided you’re willing to look at his comments from a nonpartisan perspective. Moving on.
2. Ortiz values his off-the-field impact
Obviously Ortiz has been lionized by numerous clutch hits and impressive statistical accomplishments. But he’s also authored some memorable non-playing moments, too — like when he addressed the Boston crowd following the Boston Marathon bombing. Overall, Ortiz wants to be remembered as more than a ballplayer. Here’s what he said regarding his children:
“If they ever get up here, I want people to say to them, ‘I knew your dad, and he was a guy with huge power. But there was something better about him. He was a good person, a good guy.’ That’s what I care about the most.”
Again, hard to disagree with Ortiz’s sentiment. Isn’t that what we all want to remembered for?
3. Ortiz sees a future for himself in baseball
Finally, Ortiz is retiring at the end of the season, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with baseball.
Instead, Ortiz appears interested in helping younger players — a hobby he already partakes in as a player, but one that he might expand upon in his post-playing days. That could include helping prospects manage their finances, per the interview.
“When I see young guys put some advice you gave them into work and they’re doing well,” Ortiz said, “it makes me feel like I accomplished something.”
Again, a pretty reasonable stance, all told — and one that he seems to practice as well as preach.
So, there you have it. Ortiz isn’t fond of rabble-rousing, wants to remembered as a good person, and wants to use his platform and cachet to help youngsters. Sounds about right.
Source: CBS Sports / David Ortiz slams Donald Trump: ‘As Latin people, we deserve better’