David Ortiz has worn a 'B' on his ballcap for a decade now. Over the course of those 10 years, many things have changed in Ortiz' professional life but personally, he had a "rock" at home. That is now changing, however, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reported Monday that Ortiz and his wife, Tiffany, are filing for divorce. The two had been married for nine years.
“I’m going to separate things,” Ortiz told WEEI. “Whatever is happening to me off the field is happening but I try not to confuse that and bring that into my job. I know how to separate things. Personal life matters, and hopefully everybody respects that.
“There are some situations in life that work out for a period of time and at some point they don’t work out anymore and you have to move on,” Ortiz said. “I’m moving on. She’s moving on. Hopefully everybody respects that.”
Ortiz and his wife have three children together.
The designated hitter is certainly not the first Red Sox slugger to go through a public divorce. Former catcher Jason Varitek made plenty of off-field headlines late in his Boston career as he divorced his wife, Karen Varitek, in 2009 and soonafter re-married to his now-wife, Catherine Panagiotopoulos.
Current Red Sox pitcher John Lackey caught plenty of heat in September of 2011 when TMZ.com reported that Lackey filed for divorce from his wife, Krista, who at the time was battling breast cancer.