David Ortiz On Lack Of Parity In MLB: "I Don't Think It's Fair"

Only a handful of teams have a legitimate shot at the World Series this season

Taz and the Moose
March 21, 2018 - 9:46 am

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Opening Day on March 29 will be historic for two reasons: one, it’s the earliest Opening Day in MLB history, and two, all 30 teams will play that day, which hasn’t happened since 1968.

David Ortiz couldn’t be more excited.

“It should be a national holiday that day,” the three-time World Series champion said on Taz & The Moose. “When was the last time you guys saw (all 30 teams playing on Opening Day)? You guys wasn’t even alive the last time (that happened).”

Neither was Ortiz, who was born in 1975.

“Hopefully it’ll continue happening,” he said, “but it’s going to be the first time in our lifetime that we’re going to be able to see it.”

While Ortiz is stoked for Opening Day, he’s not happy that only seven or eight teams have a legitimate shot of winning the World Series this year. Many teams won't be competitive this season. Even worse, they seem okay with that.

“Yeah, I don’t think it’s fair,” Ortiz said. “I think every team should prepare to win. Everybody believes it’s based on development. I know (that’s) part of putting a good ball club together, but at the same time, you don’t want to feel like the Red Sox are going to go and play against the Marlins and we already know (the Red Sox) are going to have four wins in the four-game series. I don’t like the game to be seen that way. Hopefully everything gets better and everybody puts a better ball club together to compete.”

Ortiz, who played for the Red Sox from 2003-16, almost always had Boston in the hunt for an AL East title. He was a 10-time All-Star, a seven-time Silver Slugger, led the AL in home runs, and led the AL in RBIs three times, including the final year of his career.

Taz & Moose asked Ortiz what he misses about playing.

“I miss two things: being around the boys and going deep,” Ortiz said, laughing. “That’s it. That’s it"