Controversy is Ortiz's fault

Updated: September 13, 2006, 3:56 PM ET
David Ortiz is upset with the media, after he believes his words were misconstrued. Here's the problem with what Ortiz is saying here: If Gordon Edes quoted him accurately -- and there is no indication from Ortiz that he was misquoted by Gordon, an outstanding reporter -- than his comments are simply ill-advised, his words poorly chosen.

Whether his intention was to cast aspersions on Derek Jeter or not, his words are his words, and it's not as if you have to twist and spin the comments to think he was taking a backhanded shot.

"He's done a great job," Ortiz told Edes in the original story, "he's having a great season, but Jeter is not a 40-homer hitter or an RBI guy. It doesn't matter how much you've done for your ball club, the bottom line is, the guy who hits 40 home runs and knocks in 100, that's the guy you know helped your team win games."

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