David Ortiz

David Ortiz, also known by his nickname "Big Papi," was a Dominican baseball player who won three World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox over the course of a nineteen-year playing career. Born and raised in ... Read more »
Born: 11/08/1975 in Santo Domingo, DO

Filmography

Actor (1)

Jim Rome on Showtime 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

David Ortiz, also known by his nickname "Big Papi," was a Dominican baseball player who won three World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox over the course of a nineteen-year playing career. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was a standout ballplayer in high school. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1992 at the age of 17, and spent the next five years honing his ability in the farm leagues. Then in September of 1997, at the age of 21, Ortiz made his major league debut as a member of the Minnesota Twins. Despite showing promise as a hitter, Ortiz spent the next few years languishing as a mediocre player both on the field and at the plate. His time spent with the Twins was also plagued by various knee and wrist injuries, which had him sidelined for dozens of games in the 2002 season. After the 2002 season ended, Ortiz was let go by the organization. His career could have been over but luckily the Boston Red Sox saw untapped potential and signed him as a designated hitter in January of 2003. He hit 31 home runs during that first season with the team and the following year was a driving force in leading the Red Sox to their first World Series Championship since 1918. After the World Series win Ortiz became one of the most recognizable players in all of baseball, with his signature move of pointing to the sky after hitting a home run becoming one of the most recognizable gestures in all of sports. Oritz would help lead the Red Sox to two more World Series wins, in 2007 and 2013, before announcing on his birthday in November of 2015 that the 2016 season would be his last.

Milestones

2015

Announced he would be retiring from baseball at the end of the 2016 season

2013

Won his third World Series with the Red Sox

2007

Won his second World Series with the Red Sox

2004

Won his first World Series title with the Red Sox

2003

Joined the Boston Red Sox as the team's designated hitter

1997

Made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins

Bonus Trivia

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Ortiz was often parodied on "Saturday Night Live" by cast member Kenan Thompson.

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Ortiz held the single season home run record for the Boston Red Sox after hitting 54 dingers in the 2006 season.

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On his fortieth birthday in November of 2015, Ortiz announced that he would retire from baseball at the end of the 2016 season.

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Ortiz is best known for pointing his fingers to the sky after hitting a home run. He does this to pay tribute to his deceased mother, who died in a car crash shortly before he joined the Red Sox.

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Ortiz was often referred to by his nickname "Big Papi."

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