Terry Francona said it best, "The games are important, but we have a responsibility to do what's right." The news that MVP-In-Waiting David Ortiz is returning to Boston with a recurrence of heart-related medical issues is obviously a devastating blow to a team that is already reeling. But in this situation, we have to move beyond the obvious and realize that we are dealing with much bigger issues here—a man's life, not just his livelihood. Big Papi is an icon here in the Hub, but he is also a husband, a father, and (although it's easy to forget sometimes), a relatively young man—still almost 3 months shy of his 31st birthday.
And, despite the sports talk show hosts who have made fun of the so-called "politically-correct" view that Papi's health supercedes the team's, let's impart our best hopes and wishes to David Ortiz, the man.