He missed it by that much.
Boston Red Sox slugger and postseason hero David Ortiz was recognized in the Boston mayoral election after he received the majority of the 560 write-in votes. Even if he did get all 560 votes, he was still well over 70,000 votes away from accomplishing anything out of the ordinary. Obviously, it is not much of a shock after the Red Sox won their third World Series since Ortiz was acquired by the organization 10 years ago.
Good thing Ortiz did not win, otherwise it could make for some awkward tension with his good friend. Even though Mayor Thomas Menino was not seeking reelection, I am not sure how the conversation would go if the veteran ball player took his place.
“That’s my man, you know. Me and Menino, we go way back and we always do a lot of things together,” Ortiz said earlier this week, according to nesn.com. “Knowing he was going to retire, it was a shock. We’ve had Mayor Menino over, what, 20 years? He’s done an incredible job through the years. I wasn’t ready to see him retire, but it happens to all of us.
“I was proud to get to know him through the years, doing things with him, especially for kids. I love kids. He encouraged me to do things like that,” Ortiz added. “The political side — I don’t know about that and I stay away from that. He just told me, ‘Go get ’em, tiger.’”
The news of Ortiz’s almost run-in with politics came within a day of the news that he had been awarded his sixth career Silver Slugger as he was recognized as the best designated hitter in baseball. Obviously, his incredible performance in the playoffs backed up the voters who decided he deserved the honor.
Ortiz batted .309 with 30 home runs, 103 RBI and 38 doubles in 518 at-bats in 2013.