David Ortiz the Big Papi

David Ortiz or known by baseball fans all over the world as Big Papi is gearing up one last time for a run at a fourth World Series title. He has been a staple for the Boston Red Sox since his arrival in 2003. The Boston Red Sox didn’t know what they were getting when he signed with them because of the fact he hadn’t been given a chance to be the ‘man’ for the Minnesota Twins who he spent parts of the first six years of his professional career with before being released in 2003. Former Red Sox great Pedro Martinez convinced the Red Sox to take a chance on this guy and boy has it ever paid off! Ortiz helped the Red Sox end an 86 year World Series drought as they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by sweeping them. He also helped the Red Sox win two more World Series titles one in 2007 where they defeated the Colorado Rockies and again in 2012 where he was named the World Series MVP. Before the season started he announced that he would retire at seasons end. Every road trip the Boston Red Sox went on this year the opposing teams honored him with gifts. During a pregame ceremony this past Sunday it was announced that he would have his number 34 retired next year by the Red Sox. He also has had a bridge and and a street named after him. He’s a man who means so much for so many. He’s done so much for the game of baseball. What he has done for Boston speaks volumes and he is a man that wears his emotions on his sleeve. Boston Red Sox baseball won’t be the same without David Ortiz! So let’s gear up one last time Boston Red Sox fans and baseball fans as an astounding career is coming to a close. Big Papi you’re not leaving the game, you’re walking off! Thank you for the many memories, the big smiles, the home runs, the three World Series you’ve won so far, and most importantly just you being you David. You’re a LEGEND and the game will miss you!

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