If David Ortiz does get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, this much is certain: He will not be thanking Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy in his acceptance speech.
Ortiz made his feelings on Shaughnessy - who didn't vote for the former Red Sox slugger on his Hall of Fame ballot - when appearing on the Merloni & Fauria Show Wednesday.
"You know Dan Shaughnessy has been an a–hole to everybody, so what can I tell you?” Ortiz said "It’s not a surprise for me, it’s not a surprise for y’all. Now he didn’t vote for me, so what can I do? I mean, seriously, that’s not gonna stop anything. It’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it."
Ortiz's feud with the longtime columnist goes back to 2013 when the former designated hitter took issue with Shaughnessy, who wrote that Ortiz "fit all the models" when it came to a user of performance-enhancing drugs.
In a Players' Tribune piece, Ortiz wrote, "In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My first 20 games I was hitting like .400. And the reporter with the red jheri curl from The Boston Globe comes into the locker room says, “You’re from the Dominican. You’re older. You fit the profile of a steroid user. Don’t you think you’re a prime suspect?”
He’s saying this with a straight face. I had taken like 70 at-bats. Anybody can get hot and hit .400 with 70 at-bats. I was stunned. I’m like, I’m Dominican? I fit the profile? Are you kidding me?
I wanted to kill this guy. But you can’t react. That’s what they want. They want you to get angry so they can bury you. So I just smiled at him and asked for his address.
“Why do you want my address?” he said.
“Because I just got tested two days ago.” I said. “I’ll mail you the f****ing results.”
Shaughnessy cast a vote for just one candidate on this year's ballot, giving Jeff Kent a nod.
According to Ryan Thibodaux, with just more than 43 percent of the ballots revealed Ortiz has garnered 83.7 percent of the votes in his first year on the ballot. The only other two candidates to currently sit above the 75 percent threshold needed for induction are Barry Bonds (77.3 percent) and Roger Clemens (76.2 percent).