Yankees still upset about Ortiz

The Yankees should forget about contending this year -- they're just not going to do it -- and focus on rebuilding into a more worthy adversary for the Sox. As it stands, the Evils are still getting distracted by a certain big guy to the north.

From today's NYT:

David Ortiz is a mammoth, powerful and gregarious left-handed hitter, the kind of slugger who would not need acting lessons to imitate Babe Ruth. Ortiz, the modern-day Ruth from the Boston Red Sox, will get that interesting chance at Yankee Stadium during the All-Star Game festivities — unless the Yankees succeed in an attempt to prevent it.

Ortiz will have the opportunity to be like Babe because of a Call Your Shot promotion that is part of the home run derby. The fan who wins the online contest will choose a spot where he believes Ortiz can smash a homer. Then Ortiz has one swing, one dramatic swing, to do it.

But the Yankees do not seem as if they want Ortiz to take that swing. The Yankees were upset about the plans involving Ortiz and said they were unaware of the promotion until a reporter contacted them Thursday night. The Yankees were discussing the matter internally and planning to contact Major League Baseball for an explanation.

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