"Of course I would like to come back," Ortiz said outside the Busch Stadium interview room. "We have a lot of things going on right now, so once they go through all this stuff -- GM and manager things -- I think they're going to start talking to the players. We'll see. We've got time."
Ortiz, who turns 36 next month, batted .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBIs for a Boston team that collapsed during September and now faces a managerial change as well as an expected switch at general manager. Ortiz has played out his five-year contract with the Red Sox and said in a TV interview that he might consider playing for the rival Yankees in 2012.
"I never said I would sign with the Yankees. No, don't be making [stuff] up," Ortiz said. "They asked me if I would play for the Yankees, and I said I would think about it. But I didn't confirm to nobody that I would play for the Yankees. I'm still a Red Sox, aren't I?"
That is the same Yankees organization that Ortiz famously helped eliminate from the postseason with a historic comeback in the 2004 American League Championship Series. That was seven Octobers ago, and it all ended right here in St. Louis, only in the old Busch Stadium.
When asked if he had any thoughts about the much-publicized reports of pitchers eating chicken and drinking beer in the clubhouse, Ortiz said: "You guys know it all already. I don't have to say anything else. ... I turned the page."
Former manager Terry Francona said players stopped responding to him before his departure after the season. When asked if that affected him, Ortiz said: "I'm there every day, but I do what I gotta do. I don't have no more comment on that. You guys know it all. What else?"