Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz shows support for Fernando Tatis Jr.

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox David Ortiz (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz offered his support to young star Fernando Tatis Jr.

The baseball world has exploded with controversy surrounding Fernando Tatis Jr and his grand slam in a 3-0 count with a seven-run lead on Monday night against the Texas Rangers. But when legendary Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was asked what he would do in that situation he made every Red Sox fan smile with his response.

All he had to say was “I swing.”

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That seems to be the attitude of many players around the league. Players have shown support for Tatis Jr after he has received criticism from some in the business, including his own manager.

It shouldn’t surprise Sox fans that Big Papi is in support of the young shortstop. Ortiz was one of the best in the history of the MLB when it comes to hitting with 3-0 counts.

He hit .446 in counts that got to 3-0 in 56 at-bats throughout his career.

It is really just a sign of the times in baseball as a lot of the “unwritten rules” in the game are being changed.

For years “unwritten rule” number 1 was don’t admire your home runs or bat flip. Now everybody loves the big bat flips and the energy it brings to the game.

So when Tatis Jr broke this particular “unwritten rule” many people around the league showed their support. He was just playing the game and having fun. Another legendary hitter Reggie Jackson took to Twitter to show his support.

Ortiz was also in support of Tatis Jr. based on the situation of the game. It was a seven-run baseball game. While it is a fairly sizable lead, it’s also not a 100% lock.

"“I don’t know why they’re making such a big deal,” Ortiz said as well. “I want to have a 10-run lead and then I don’t swing. That guarantees a win. But a seven-run lead doesn’t guarantee anything unless it’s the ninth inning and you have Mariano Rivera on the mound.”"

Ultimately, Ortiz made it obvious he was in support of swinging away when you want to. Why wouldn’t he? He was an exciting guy to watch play baseball, and what Tatis Jr. does on a daily basis is very exciting.

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David Ortiz is a legend in the Boston community and his continued support of players in the MLB just makes me appreciate him more. The legend continues to be on point and funny in his analysis of what’s going on in the world of baseball.