It looks like Big Papi is shilling for MVP votes and throwing his teammates under a bus while doing so....
"Don't get me wrong -- he's a great player, having a great season, but he's got a lot of guys in that lineup," Ortiz continued. "Top to bottom, you've got a guy who can hurt you. Come hit in this lineup, see how good you can be."
He also doesn't mention having Manny right behind him (who's likely a BETTER hitter than Ortiz) to provide for that ever-elusive "protection" in the lineup.
Chalk another one to the "baseball players can be dumb sometimes" theory.