Upon season's end, it became quite apparent that David Ortiz's free agency, once considered merely a formality that would lead him back to Fenway, may very well signal the end of his Boston career.
Ortiz is clearly, and understandably, displeased with the way the 2011 season ended for his Red Sox, and now he may want to just try to wash away the bitter taste that's left and move on to a new franchise.
We all know how the Red Sox finished in 2011. After starting spring training as World Series favorites, they got off to a rocky start, getting swept in their first two series. However, they quickly turned things around and posted the best mark in the American League after that...that is, until September.
Heading into September, the Red Sox held a nine-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL Wild Card and were in striking distance of the surprising New York Yankees for the AL East title. No team in major league history had ever held a nine-game lead in September and not made the playoffs. But it's baseball, and it's true what they say—anything can happen.
The Red Sox suffered the worst collapse in MLB history, losing on the final day of the season to the surging Rays.
Since then, there's been nothing to smile about in Boston. Longtime manager Terry Francona, the man who led Boston to their first World Series title in 86 years, and then another one three years later, was fired. Then their brilliant general manager, Theo Epstein, decided he wanted to end another curse and headed to the friendly confines in Chicago. Finally, their All-Star closer, Jonathan Papelbon, went off and accepted a four-year, $50 million offer from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Now even fan-favorite Ortiz might go. But where? Well, in an interview with ESPN earlier this offseason, Ortiz said he wouldn't be opposed to joining the rival Yankees, and why would he be? There's plenty of reasons to want to come to New York. He is very good friends with current Yankees Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. The Yankees have always conducted themselves respectfully and with class (something the Red Sox can't say with their little "chicken and beer" fiasco).
Oh, and the Yankees always make it to October baseball, something Ortiz hasn't seen in over two years.
But the question is, where would he fit on the Yankees? The answer is nowhere. The truth is, Ortiz would be an awful fit on the Yankees. Why, might you ask? Well, let's examine this a little closer...