Ortiz was further pressed about whether his role would be as a coach or front office staff, but he only answered with a terse "I'll let you know later".
The Yankees and Red Sox begin a three-game series Tuesday, their first meeting since April when the Red Sox were hovering around.500 and the Yankees sat just out of first place in the AL East. Things have changed for both clubs in the intervening weeks and months, with NY now on top of the East with a two-game lead over Boston, who, for whatever it matters in early June, have the AL wild card lead.
"That was the first time I met him", Judge said, according to New Jersey Online.
"I'm happy", Ortiz told the Boston Globe, "I did the right thing".
Judge was one of many of Sabathia's teammates - and opponents - to show up at Bowlmor in Times Square on Monday, and in a rivalry that is now without the retired Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, it was pretty clear who the new main attraction is. "I just want to give the guys their space".
Red Sox and Yankees players typically don't have warm and fuzzy feelings toward each other. (Xander) Bogaerts' power is going to come. Andrew Benintendi led the charge by going 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI, while Jackie Bradley Jr. added a pair of RBI in going 1 for 3 at the dish. "We're going back and forth and at some point it's going to happen". Ortiz also topped the league with 48 doubles.
Big Papi was in the Big Apple on Monday night for a charity event hosted by Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
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.