Born in Santo Domino, on November 18, 1975, Ortiz, like many Latin American baseball players, grew up in the streets of the Dominican Republic’s capital.
At the age of 17 and about two meters high, David Ortiz was hired by the sailors of Seattle. The typical ignorance of the names in Spanish, made him to be registered as David Arias, his mother’s surname.
It played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a team of minor leagues of the sailors, until 1996. Their only real complaint of that time is the poor quality of the sports teams.
Five years later, he arrived at the Minnesota twins, a period that was physically affected, but gave him his first real taste of what the big leagues were.
Between 1998 and 2001, Ortiz suffered wrist injuries. The year 2002, he found him with serious knee problems. His performance was stellar, but finally that year he became a free agent. By that time he had two children with his only wife Tiffany Ortiz, who announced his separation in the summer of 2013.
In 2002 also died his mother Angela Arias, who died in a car accident. Every time Ortiz scores a homer points to the sky with the indexes, dedicating his success to his mother, who was only 46 years old at the time of his death. The baseball was so close to his mother, that he also carries his image tattooed on one arm.
Boston Red Sox
The tide changed for Ortiz in January 2003, when he signed as a free agent with the Red Sox. Even then he was known as Big Papi, because of his size and his tendency to call the men “Papi”, a tool to compensate his bad memory with the names.
A year later he was considered one of the factors that allowed Boston to win the World Series in 2004, for the first time in 86 years. That year also became the most valuable player of the so-called Championship Series, in the first time the title was reached by a designated batter.
In 2013, when the team re-crowned, Ortiz was the only one of the players who followed those previous champions. That year he was chosen as the most valuable player in the major leagues.
Big Papi is considered one of the best hitters appointed in the history of major leagues, with the record of the greatest amount of unmatchable, which adds to the more doubles, home runs and runs scored and towed by a designated.
Ortiz has three children: Jessica (born on October 23, 1996), Alexandra (born March 22, 2001), and D’Angelo (born July 10, 2004).
David Ortiz Total Home Runs
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