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David Ortiz: What A Career

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The game of baseball says goodbye to future first ballot hall-of-famer, Boston Red Sox first baseman and designated hitter, David “Big Papi” Ortiz.

In his 20 year career, he finished with 541 home runs (17 all time), 1768 RBIs (22 all time) and a .286 batting average (tied 486 all time).

Ortiz also had 10 All-Star game appearances, six silver slugger awards and finished top 10 in MVP voting six times (five times in top 5) and is expected to finish at least top 5 this year.

He won 3 World Series, 2004, 2007 and 2013. He was MVP of the series in ‘04 and ‘13.

Ortiz began his hall of fame career when he was signed as an amateur free agent in 1992 by the Seattle Mariners. He was later traded to the Minnesota Twins. Ortiz made his major league debut in 1997.

After six years of being a Twin, Ortiz was not resigned. Before the 2003 season began, he signed with the Boston Red Sox. And the rest is history.


“Negativity doesn’t help me.” -David Ortiz


Career Highlights

2004: Ortiz hits walkoff home run in game four of the ALCS against rival New York Yankees. Red Sox will go on to win first World Series in 86 years. Ortiz batted .301 with 41 home runs and 139 RBIs

BOSTON - OCTOBER 17: David Ortiz #34 celebrates after hitting the game winning two-run home run against the New York Yankees in the twelfth inning during game four of the American League Championship Series on October 17, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Ortiz

Oct. 17 2004: David Ortiz celebrates after hitting the game winning two-run home run against the New York Yankees in the twelfth inning



2006: Ortiz hits franchise record 51 home runs, breaking Jammie Foxx’s 50 home run season


2007: Red Sox win seventh World Series in franchise history. Ortiz’s second. Ortiz batted .332 with 35 home runs and 117 RBIs


2010: At 35 years old, Ortiz wins Home Run Derby at Angel Stadium


2013: Ortiz delivers a speech at Fenway Park five days after the Boston Marathon Bombings in the pregame ceremony. Says iconic five words: “This is our f***ing city”

2013: Ortiz wins third World Series and given his second World Series MVP title



Sept. 12 2015, David Ortiz hits 500th career home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore

2015: Ortiz hits 500th career home run


Sept. 29 2016: Ortiz receives a standing ovation in his final at bat at Yankee Stadium


Sept. 30 2016: Ortiz hits last home run of his career (38th of the season) in a 5-3 victory over Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park



Retiring at age 40, Ortiz finished his career by leaving a mark in the MLB history books. As arguably the best clutch hitter of all time, Big Papi will leave some pretty big shoes to fill for Boston’s DH next season.

From his outgoing and passionate personality, the world of baseball will miss the arguing and ejections, the 400 feet+ bombs and the instantly recognizable beard of David Ortiz.

Next year, the Red Sox will retire the number 34 in Ortiz’s honor.

His final season was cut short after the Red Sox were swept by the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. He received a standing ovation, one final time, as he stood on the mound at Fenway, tipped his cap, and walk off the field for the last time as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

I never saw him in person, but from what I could tell from TV broadcasts, David Ortiz brought a more than life attitude day in and day out at Fenway Park, and his passion for the game and personality is one of a kind and will be missed.


“I just come do what I’ve got to do, play my game. And I don’t worry if anybody likes it.” -David Ortiz