Let’s get it started

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I’m pretty excited to go ahead and get this season started. I’ve been wanting to get my body out of Florida for the last few weeks. That happens every spring at this time.

We’re looking good as a team, I can tell you that. We’re looking forward to having a good season. We have a lot of new players. We have good defense. We have a lot of talented players. We have a few veterans that have come back in and joined us.

I think, you know, our team is focused on pitching and defense this year after what we did in the offseason. I think they did well picking up the players they picked up. I’m pretty sure that in the long run, they’re going to help us out a lot. Oh man, we have Beltre, Scutaro, Bill Hall, Mike Cameron. Lackey, oh man, he makes the game look so easy. I love having him over here. It’s crazy after facing him all those years.

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I’m not going to lie to you, this was one of the best springs I’ve had in a while just because of my body. In ’08, I was coming off knee surgery. Last year, I was coming off the wrist problem. This year, there’s been nothing. I’m not going to lie to you, I think it’s just one of those things where you come in pain-free and you feel good. I haven’t been had any pain or anything. It feels great. It’s a good feeling.

How do I feel about my swing right now? Well, you really don’t know until you get there. You can feel great in Spring Training and when the season starts, you could start struggling and you’d be like, ‘what happened? I said a week ago I was where I wanted to be’. And then other times, you’re not feeling right and you walk into the season and start banging and something pops for you, something clicks. I feel good right now. I feel like I’m ready for the season and I’m ready to go out there and do some damage.

Some people have asked me how I feel going into the season because of my contract situation. Right now, I’m just focusing on the season and getting prepared for that. That other stuff will get taken care of. This will be my eighth year here and I love it here and I’ve never even thought about being anywhere else. But you know how things go, you never know. Hopefully I’ll never have to leave.

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It’s going to be fun to start it up on Sunday night against the Yankees. I remember when we did that in ’05. We just want to get started.

And to the fans, I just want to ask you all to just come support us like always and enjoy the season that’s about to start.

15 Comments

It’s great to see you smiling again, Papi. The hits are nice, too, but you look like you’re having fun again and I love to see it. Wishing you a great season, with a very, very, good finish! Keep it up, Papi. We’re behind you!

Big Papi, it’s always a good thing when your mind and your body are in perfect rhythm. Stay focused, stay healthy and have fun. We’re all going to have fun watching you!

As a fan I am looking forward to watching the games, but I can only watch them on tv, i live in nb canada an cannot afford the trip down, especially not the tickets as they are quite pricey and not in the budget. maybe some day i’ll get to a game but i am quite happy watching on the tv, in fact i’ve been waiting patiently all winter.

Papi, it’s great to hear you so positive! If you will accept I will send you energy and strength. Love and light to you and the team! Have a great season. We love you!

I would just like to say,David i have been following the redsox since 1965.I can truthfully say that you have givin me more excitement on the field then i should have the right to ask for.From my heart thank you,qstick.

Ortiz is a class act. I’m still convinced his bad start last year was from David being cautious about his hand/wrist injury. Expecting a very good bounce-back season from Big Papi.

Steve T.
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Papi through me a ball in Toronto. I will always remember it. I asked him to pick a ball up and throw it to me, and he did! That moment enshrined him as one of my favorite non-Blue Jay players of all-time.
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David,

Regardless of the comments you hear, you will always be fondly remembered for your contributions to the Red Sox and Boston.

I do wonder what would happen to the shift that teams use when you are at bat, if you bunted frequently, preferably down the 3rd base line. It seems to me that the shift idea would start to go away and the hits that you have been getting robbed of would flow again.

Good luck for 2010 and beyond!

David, we watch you from a cell phone in mtns of Hawaii. My children consider you their hero-No matter what. Your number is tattooed on my right shoulder, and shall remain forevermore. You rock, and are Boston’s rock, purely with that smile. God gave you many gifts, now dig deep, and find the sends that dinger to Lansdowne. We trust and believe in you. God bless and aloha from our ohana to yours :)))) the Radls Koa, Beth, Sadie, Ella & Tessie

Hola amigo! Su falta de golpear está en su mente… usted no es enfocado, como parece ser plagado por desconfianza.

Soy espiritualmente talentoso y sé su problema… parada que piensa de fracaso y columpia con valor.

Buena suerte! tengo cajones!

–Sinceramente… esta Gringo Viejo

No mas yankee pendejos en Octobre!

Es que cosa bueno Manny Rameriz es ido… Manny no fue un jugador del equipo

Manny uno chollo grande! No gusta los gringos…. lo siento.

I believe in your Papi. I’m not trying to spam here w my own blog — honest to God, but I felt like my latest entry on my borken ankle might be motivational. No matter what happens to us that slows us down, we must not stop moving, no matter what. Clear the clouds, clear the sky and aim for the sun. You’re always an inspiration to me.

I send support and wishes for clear thought and action. Rock on, Captain Clutch. Swat the heck out of the ball, because you can.

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It is painful for this faithful fan to watch the media and sports pundits place you under a microscope when you are struggling out there at the plate. When you are hitting well, none of the media analyzes like you this, they only rave about you. You are in our prayers that you can tune out all this negativity and get down to do what you do best – baseball. You have been the face of RSN on and off the field, lest the masses forget this. I have faith in you and wish you all the best. You are our Big Papi! God bless you!

hola david, no agas caso ala prensa recuerdate que tu eres el unico que tienes elpoder de aser y de no aser las cosas yo como dominicano creo en ti y se que las cosas ban a cojer su ritmo. no te desesperes que todo a su momento llega si gue palante que tu sabes que los dominicanos estamos con tigo palante big papi

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