David Ortiz is one of baseball’s all-time great players, and at age 40 he is about to hang up his bat and glove for good. Before the Boston Red Fox captain rides off into proverbial sunset, he had some sharp words to say about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The comments by Ortiz came during an interview with USA TODAY that was entirely in Spanish during a series of games with the Oakland Athletics. While acknowledging that he is not knowledgeable about politics Ortiz still gave his two cents about Trump. He said, “When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face. I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better. Things have gotten much better in that regard. As Latin people we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from. And especially our Mexican brothers, who come here willing to do all the dirty work.
Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy. Whoever opposes that is going to lose. And not just Latin people but immigrants. I’m talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realize the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.”
While retiring Ortiz is not likely to disappear from the game of baseball, as he is an ambassador to the sport which he says has been taxing upon his schedule. One thing, however, is certain; Ortiz will not be receiving any cocktail party invitations from Donald Trump anytime soon.