David Ortiz spent much of his offseason accompanying his father to doctor's appointments and treatment sessions in the Dominican Republic after Enrique Ortiz was diagnosed with a serious illness, reports The Boston Herald today.
A few days before Father's Day, Ortiz talked about the special relationship between himself and his dad, a 55-year-old former ballplayer who helped Big Papi cope with his early-season slump even as he tried to get himself better:
"My Dad knows me and he knows that I know how to figure things out in my career. That's not the thing he worries about. He worries about other things. Knowing that I'm worried, he wants me to know that everything's going to be fine and remind me that there are other people who worry about me, just like I worry about them," Ortiz told the Herald.
Father's Day in the Dominican is not this weekend, but the final weekend in July. Still, Ortiz offered these words about fathers in general:
"Your father is the one person who, it doesn't matter how old you are, he's got more experience than you. He was here before you were. In some situations, you know it's the voice of experience talking to you."