It is one of the worst things in all of sports. Watching our favorite players get older and realizing that this is a business, not a way of life.
David Ortiz met his goal of 425 plate appearances on Sunday to guarantee a contract for the 2016 season. While he is having another good year, Ortiz struggled mightily for the better part of this entire season.
Make no mistake about it, Ortiz is one of the best players to ever put on a Red Sox uniform. While there will always be questions of if he used PEDs or not, there is no question about his 3 World Series rings. Unfortunately, Ortiz hitting that vesting option goal and guaranteeing that he will be in a Red Sox uniform for at least another season is not what is best for this team.
But that really doesn't matter.
Ortiz is 11 home runs away from 500 and there is no chance that he will get released or traded from the Red Sox until that happens. And that is why we should all be rooting for Ortiz to hit another 11 home runs this season. It isn't out of the realm of possibility and helps fill a lot of the holes in this current team.
For one, it would give people a reason to go to Fenway Park at the end of this season. No one would really want to go to a game when they are this bad, but if Ortiz is close to 500 home runs, people will go.
Secondly, it helps so many different positional issues for this team in 2016. Hanley Ramirez will be able to finally throw out his baseball glove and become the DH. Ramirez will give the Red Sox close to the same production as Ortiz if he doesn't have to play in the field. Additionally, the Red Sox will be able to get a legitimate first baseman and/or left fielder.
So, at the end of the season, if Ortiz has 500 home runs, give him his money and say, "Thanks, David, but we want to go in another direction."
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS