After a season full of gifts, interviews and appearances, David Ortiz is second-guessing his decision to announce his retirement before the season.
"No clue," Ortiz said when asked if he had any idea the demands would be like this prior to the season. "But if I knew I would have probably announced it after the season. But it's all good. At least we've been able to give the fans what matters the most, the opportunity to watch me play for the last time."
On the field, Ortiz has had a very successful season with 34 home runs and no trips to the disabled list.
Red Sox director of media relations Kevin Gregg has never seen anything like what Ortiz has endured this season.
"No, I haven't, which I think is totally related to how well he's performed this year, and also how accommodating he's been to the media," Gregg said. "The thing with him is that it's not just local media. It's local, national and international. It's been a ton."