FORT MYERS (AP) - David Ortiz was in no mood to chat after the worst game of his worst season with Boston.
The struggling slugger had just gone 0-for-7 and stranded 12 runners in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels last May 14. His batting average dropped from .220 to .208. His home run total remained at zero.
"Sorry, guys. I don't feel like talking today," the Red Sox designated hitter told reporters. "Just put down, 'Papi stinks.'"
Fast forward to Monday, Ortiz's first day at spring training.
Just put down, Papi smiles.
Ortiz was his usual amiable self - laughing and joking - and determined to leave his horrible 2009 start far behind.
"I had a nightmare for two months and even after you wake up, you still feel like you're in a nightmare," he said, "but that's not my point right now. My point is, move on, I guess. The last four months of the season changed people's minds and that's all I care about."
The return of his power in the final four months last season gives him confidence that he can hit as well as he ever has.