David Ortiz still deeply invested in Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

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David Ortiz still deeply invested in Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

WASHINGTON — All David Ortiz wants for the second half is a few more wins over the Red Sox’s historic rivals.

 

“We’re going to try to play better against the Yankees, I’ve got to tell you that,” the Red Sox’s retired icon said Sunday.

 

Ortiz, managing the World Team for the Futures Game at Nationals Park, works as a special assistant for the Fenway Sports Group, the Sawx’s parent company. After ending his playing career in 2016, Big Papi stepped away from the game a little in 2017. His return to the fold has him admiring his old team … and eyeing his old rivals warily.

 

“To be honest with you, the way the Yankees and the Red Sox are playing right now, that’s going to go down to at least 100 wins [to win the American League East],” he said. “At least 100 wins. And that hasn’t happened in a while, right? Before, you had a better Baltimore, a better Blue Jays, a better Tampa. Now it seems like every time the Yankees and the Red Sox play those three teams, ‘OK, we are winning.’ It’s going back and forth.

 

“I think, at the end of the day, we’re going to have to focus on who played better between the Yankees and the Red Sox.”

 

The Yankees (62-33), who trail the Red Sox (68-30) by 4 ¹/₂ games, lead the season series, 5-4, with 10 games remaining on the schedule.

 

   Source: Ken Davidoff | New York Post

 

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