Monday, December 9, 2013
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz steps back after swing and missing at a pitch as the ball goes back to the pitcher during the eighth inning of their 3-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday at Fenway Park in Boston.
"You wake up some days and it's like your body's, 'Not today.' When the game shows up, that's the fun part. Behind the scenes is the tough part. You have to get here early go to the gym and go to the video room."
Ortiz hasn't decided what he'd like to do after his contract ends next season.
One thing he knows for sure is he'll never stop working.
"When I tell people I want to stick around longer, it's not because of the money," he said. "I've got money. It's not me sitting on anything. There's always going to be people questioning. People are always going to question. They never learn.
"Good players are going to be good players. They're always going to find a way to do things right. That's why there's two different levels of players -- average players and superstar players.
"The reason some don't make it to the superstar level is because their mentality is different," he said. "Look at me. What should I be doing now, sitting on my contract? I'm going to get paid for the next year. That's not my nature. I'm think about getting another ring."
And he wants to remain one of the game's most productive hitters until he retires from the game.
"When I step to the plate that's all I'm thinking, 'Change the game, do something to help this ballclub win,"' he said.
"Peddy (Dustin Pedroia), he's the same thing. That's all he wants to do is help this ballclub win. A player like that you want on your ballclub, especially in today's day where they pay all the big money."