DATELINE: Ortiz Unleashed
Fanboys and media mavens insist that retired Red Sox star David Ortiz should be in the broadcast booth this season.
As expected, Tom Werner– self styled media guru and Red Sox owner– has been hesitant to give an answer.
Ortiz says he wishes to work as a Sox commentator this season, and the Red Sox are coyly responding that he could be in the booth sporadically. Fans are putting their trust in the same group that fired Don Orsillo after so many years of loyal service.
If you’re putting your trust and Big Papi’s future in the hands of these benighted snakes in the grass, then you are likely to be disappointed. The Red Sox are more likely to send John Wilkes Booth after Ortiz than to put him in the booth.
The Red Sox broadcasting glass booth has suffered more than its share of brick-a-bats in recent years.
NESN, the Red Sox on the television network, is giving serious thought to putting Ortiz in the studio for analysis. At least that’s their story.
The problem with Ortiz is the Red Sox have no idea what he may say. If you remember his comments after the marathon bombing, they better have the censor button handy.
Ortiz hands out F-bombs like a fighter pilot. That tends to make the Red Sox brass a little nervous. In an age when everything is scripted, especially sports ad libs, Ortiz is the most dangerous game.
Expect some kind of Midas-touch muffler on Big Papi to hold down the noise.