David Ortiz still doesn’t regret retiring.
The former Red Sox slugger spoke with reporters in New York at a charity event for Yankees starter and close friend C.C. Sabathia on Monday night.
“No, no. Not at all, man. I’m happy,” he said.
“I did the right thing,” Ortiz added.
The Red Sox sit two games out of first place behind the Yankees, with whom they begin a three-game series on Tuesday.
Despite the third-best record in the American League, Boston has had its ups and downs over the first two months of the season.
Ortiz said he’s been following the team from afar and has sent a few texts to former teammates but doesn’t want to interfere too much with the club.
“I don’t want to be bothering anybody,” he said. “I’m like that. One of these days I’ll show up. I just want to give the guys their space.”
Ortiz will return to Fenway at the end of the month when the Red Sox retire his No. 34 in a ceremony on June 23.