Aaron Judge is 'the scariest thing I've ever seen,' says David Ortiz

ST. LOUIS MO- MAY 17 Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during a MLB baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox

"I just retired", he said. Pedro Martinez, another former Red Sox great, tweeted he'd love to see Ortiz come back.

Big Papi squashed that immediately.

Next weekend against the Houston Astros there will be two familiar faces in the media section in Houston for the Boston Red Sox.

Ortiz, though, had been careful to stay away from Fenway Park so far this season and he won't be in The Bronx for this series.

"I'm happy", Ortiz told the Boston Globe, "I did the right thing". I'll take Boston here to steal game one on the road. "I don't want to be in anybody's way".

"[Dustin] Pedroia, David [Price], they know how to handle business", said Ortiz, adding that he hasn't regretted leaving the game after last season despite another excellent year at the plate.

With the Red Sox on their way to the Bronx for a pivotal three-game set, Judge will be hoping to continue his steady pace in the heart of the Yankees lineup, where he's served as the most impactful bat in the Bombers offense through the first quarter of the season. "At some point, it's going to happen", he said.

The 41-year-old had one of the best years of his career during his final season in 2016, posting a slash line of.315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and a league-leading 127 RBI.

Ortiz also had high praise for young Yankee star Aaron Judge.

The 6-3, 230-pound Ortiz, who met the 6-7, 282-pound Judge for the first time Monday, good-naturedly called him an "animal".

The former Red Sox slugger spoke with reporters in NY at a charity event for Yankees starter and close friend C.C. Sabathia on Monday night.

So for now, Ortiz remains an ex-major leaguer as the second-place Red Sox begin a three-game series in NY against the AL East-leading Yankees tonight.

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