Ortiz regrets announcing retirement before season


Even by David Ortiz standards, the Boston Red Sox slugger is in the midst of a career year. Entering Monday's game the 40-year-old leads MLB in doubles (29), slugging percentage (.710), OPS (1.133) and total bases (164). 

But Ortiz's success at the plate this season has nothing to do with the fact he regrets announcing his retirement before the season.

Instead, it is the off-the-field responsibilities of a Derek Jeter-esque farewell tour that are weighing him down. 

"I'm too busy. I have too many things to do," Ortiz said Monday, via ESPN.com.

"I barely have time to do anything. It's very difficult for me. If I had even imagined that it would be so difficult, I wouldn't have announced anything. There are too many people I have to pay attention to, and on top of that I have to prepare for a game."

Ortiz is also tired of the constant body aches and pains he is experienced after 2,319 career games. He says he barely run because of pain in his feet and is only able to continue due to his mental strength. 

"Since 2012 I've been struggling with my feet," Ortiz said. "I arrive every day at noon for a 7 p.m. game. If it was just about hitting ... I can still hit. My mental focus is there, my hand-eye coordination, I work hard to maintain those. But after you hit comes the rest. And therein lies the problem. That's the only reason.

"I would love to play a couple more years because this is what I know, and this is what I like to do and you see how people treat me. But unfortunately, when your body tells you it's enough, it's enough. You have no idea the magic I have to do to play ball every day. Well, actually it's not magic, it's work. Magicians do a trick and only fool you for a little while until you figure it out. It's work; working hard in the cage every day. Hard work is the only thing that gives you consistency in this game. Nothing else."

Without question Ortiz will be an All-Star this season and hopes the Red Sox can jump the Orioles and capture his third American League (AL) East title.