David Ortiz looks back on his friendship with retiring Mayor Menino

Sam Galanis
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of NESN
The relationship between David Ortiz and Boston Mayor Tom Menino goes well beyond being two people who have power in Boston and say a lot of silly things. They’ve actually become good friends during Ortiz’s 11 years in the city. Needless to say, Ortiz is among the many who aren’t ready to see Mayor Menino end his 20-year tenure today.

“That’s my man, you know. Me and Menino, we go way back and we always do a lot of things together,” Ortiz said to the Boston Herald Monday. “Knowing he was going to retire, it was a shock. We’ve had Mayor Menino over, what, 20 years? He’s done an incredible job through the years. I wasn’t ready to see him retire, but it happens to all of us.”

Ortiz even mentioned that Menino is a part of the reason that he’s so involved in activities and charity events around the area.

“I was proud to get to know him through the years, doing things with him, especially for kids. I love kids. He encouraged me to do things like that,” Ortiz said. “The political side — I don’t know about that and I stay away from that. He just told me, ‘Go get’em, tiger.’ “

But all the talk about Ortiz and Menino, their extensive time in Boston, and retiring brings us to a scary realization: Is Big Papi next?

“I’m not saying I’m going to retire tomorrow, but we’ll see, man,” Ortiz said “At some point enough’s enough. We’ll see what the next couple of years have for me. If I stay healthy and keep on doing what I’m doing now, you might see Papi a lot, still.”

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