Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz told reporters on Thursday he's annoyed by the recent media-generated drama around the team.
Ortiz, 36, said he's not having much fun and suggested it might impact his decision on whether to test the free agent market this winter.
"I don't know, man, I'm just tired of dealing with the drama here," Ortiz said. "This is baseball, man. It seems like everything that goes on around here is like one of those Congress decisions that will affect the whole nation. It's not like that, man. This is baseball. We're supposed to have fun, to have our performance out there at the highest level. Every day is something new, some drama, some more [stuff]. I'm tired of that, man. I'm here to play baseball, man."
The latest issue was a blog on ESPN.com in which writer Buster Olney said Boston's clubhouse atmosphere as "toxic." Red Sox players have been asked questions about it the past several days.
Ortiz had stated he wanted to finish his career in Boston, and he signed a one-year deal in the offseason. But he's not sure what he'll do after this season.
"I don't know. I'll think about it," Ortiz said.
When they were winning championships in 2004 and 2007, the Red Sox were known as a fun-loving team. Ortiz indicated that may be lost.
"It's becoming [what] it used to be," Ortiz said. "Look around, bro. Look around. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now, every day is something new. Not related to baseball. People need to leave us alone, play ball and do what we know how to do."
Asked if it was the fans or the media that annoyed him, Ortiz said, "Let me ask you a question: Who came out with the news a couple of days ago. The fans or the media? Thank you. I'm done."