Even in retirement, David Ortiz has taken notice of Aaron Judge.
“Oh my God, he’s scary, man,” Ortiz said. “That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. A guy that big that hits like that, that’s special . . . He is so much fun to watch.”
The longtime Yankees tormentor, who retired from the Red Sox after last season with 541 homers in his 20-year career, was at Bowlmor Times Square on Monday night for a bowling tournament to benefit CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation.
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.” He said he has been especially impressed with Judge’s plate discipline.
“Do you know how hard it is to hit when you’re that tall?” Ortiz said. “The strike zone for a guy his height . . . That’s why I believe he’s so good. And he’s going to get better because when you are that tall, the strike zone is bigger. And then you watch him hit, and he doesn’t chase bad pitches. To me, that’s special, man. God bless him.”
Ortiz said he’s been talking to the Red Sox about some kind of role with the organization, though he’s not ready to commit to anything. “At some point, it’s going to happen,” he said.
Will Ortiz miss playing at Yankee Stadium? “Oh, yeah,’’ he said. “I loved Yankee Stadium, man. Yankee Stadium was built for guys my size.”
Then he brought the conversation back to one of the stories of the 2017 season.
“Look at Judge, man,” Ortiz said. “Look at Judge.”