Adrian Beltre and David "Big Papi" Ortiz were teammates in Boston for one season, 2010. Beltre hit .321 while slugging 28 homers and knocked in 102 runs. He even named the Red Sox MVP.
Ortiz told me on my NBC Sports Radio show was not happy when Beltre left as a free agent for the Rangers in 2011.
"I was hurt when he left Boston," said Ortiz. "When they let him go I was mad because I know what my man is capable of and look at the excellent career he already has so it's something...we never know how things are gonna work out. For good or for bad...but that's my guy. I wanna play with for a long time."
Ortiz won three World Series titles in Boston. He reflected on what made Beltre a good teammate, "What you see is what you gonna get. You know what I'm saying? Fun guy to be around. Works extremely hard. This guy-day in and day out-he's ready to go. He's ready to do something, you know what I'm saying? Just watching the way he handles his stuff is unbelieveable."
Hear the interview here. Ortiz starts talking about Beltre at the 5:24 mark.