As he gets ready to exit the game that has brought him international fame and fortune, David Ortiz is the subject of frequent tributes for his exploits on the field and his impact off it. Teams, fellow players, acquaintances and strangers go out of their way to express their gratitude.
The Boston Red Sox icon has maintained an elite level of production — with an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.033, highest in the majors — despite the demands on his time from his unofficial role as baseball’s leading ambassador, which he acknowledges has been a challenge.
In a wide-ranging Spanish-language conversation with USA TODAY Sports during the Red Sox’s recent series against the Oakland Athletics, Ortiz touched on his legacy, his plans during retirement and the status of Latinos and immigrants in the USA, an increasingly relevant subject in light of the hardline stance taken by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Ortiz, 40, pointed out that he’s not particularly knowledgeable about politics and…