Ortiz: 'Weird' without Varitek, Wakefield

February, 22, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With Tim Wakefield retired and Jason Varitek sitting at home unsigned, David Ortiz becomes the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox, having signed nine years ago, in 2003.

Asked how that felt, Ortiz replied: "Not good."

"It was kind of weird walking into the clubhouse and not seeing them,'' Ortiz said. "I talked to Wake the other day, we had a good conversation. I think he's happy with what he did. I told him I was very happy being his teammate as long as were together.

"Wake is a first-class guy. He always had a lot of good things to bring to our ballclub on a daily basis. We had a long conversation.''

"I reached out to 'Tek, but I didn’t reach him. I just wanted to know how he was doing.''

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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