One of the many things that I love about David Ortiz is how he speaks his mind. The man doesn’t censor himself. He calls it the way he sees it. Who can forget Ortiz’s famous words “This is our f–king city!” that he proclaimed after the Boston City Bombings? And how can anyone dislike a guy who goes out of his way to help The Jimmy Fund? One thing Ortiz never did throughout his career though is speak out about politics. That was until this week when Ortiz expressed his views about the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. There’s a lot to be said when someone like Ortiz slams Donald Trump, and sure enough, Red Sox fans will have plenty to say.
It’s not surprising to hear someone like David Ortiz criticize someone like Donald Trump. After all, Trump’s tough stance on foreigners in America isn’t something many hard-working immigrants appreciate. As one of those people who’s worked hard to contribute to America’s Pastime, it’s no wonder that Ortiz had choice words about Trump.
“When you speak like that about [immigrants], it’s a slap in the face,” Ortiz told USA Today. “I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear [Trump] make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better.”
I couldn’t agree more with Ortiz. On a larger level though, there’s an important point to be recognized. Latin players make up almost 30% of Major League Baseball players. Players like Pedro Martinez, Roberto Clemente, and Juan Marichal drew large crowds, played their hearts out, and were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Latin players have proven themselves time and time again. For what though? To hear someone like Donald Trump say that they all have to leave because ‘murica?
As Ortiz Slams Donald Trump, Other Athletes Speak Out
A stray bullet struck and killed NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago a few weeks ago. Seizing the moment for his own political benefit, Trump tweeted how he’d quell violence as president. The problem is that he spelled Dwayne Wade’s name wrong in his original Tweet, further exemplifying his disregard for minorities. Other athletes like Pittsburg Steelers offensive tackle Ryan Harris recently spoke out against Trump too by condemning his anti-Muslim views. To put it lightly, athletes don’t like the GOP nominee.
It’s important when an athlete like David Ortiz slams Donald Trump, especially when that athlete isn’t too political. It shows how there are people in America willing to risk public backlash and admonishment to make a good point. In Ortiz’s case, it shows how strongly he feels to break his political silence and speak out. Most athletes stay silent, fearing they’ll lose endorsement deals or their jobs. While Ortiz doesn’t have to worry about that kind of thing anymore, I still give him props for speaking out against Donald Trump, saying what many Latin players in Major League Baseball probably want to say and can’t.
Big Papi isn’t afraid to speak his mind. And that’s one of the many things that I will miss about Ortiz when he retires from the best game in America.