Every team has players that they somewhat gave up on and go on to bigger and better things in a different uniform. Actually, you see that in everyday life where someone might work at a job and they are let go. They then move to another company and become big success stories. It happens a lot.
The Boston Red Sox have had many a player who for whatever reason left their organization and had huge success elsewhere. Jeff Bagwell, Curt Schilling, Sparky Lyle and Hanley Ramirez are four players who immediately come to my mind. Other teams have had the same experiences with this. However, there can’t be a team that looks at a player and thinks what might have been more than the Minnesota Twins do when they see David Ortiz in a Boston uniform.
Ortiz came up to MLB as a member of the Twins and was actually pretty much a regular in their lineup. I remember watching one of their playoff games back in the day and thinking that he would look pretty good in a Boston uniform. Ortiz just didn’t fit into the Minnesota philosophy and they let him walk.
That’s the biggest difference between the players I listed previously and Ortiz. Boston traded all of those players, thinking they would get players back in value, which was actually exactly what happened with the Ramirez trade. Ortiz was just not tendered a contract and was sent packing; Minnesota got nothing in return for him.
As Ortiz has been absolutely punishing the ball during this series, Minnesota has to be kicking themselves seeing that they could have had the greatest designated hitter of all time.