David Ortiz Biography
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David Ortiz is the heart of the Boston Red Sox offensive machine. With his monsterous frame and ability to hit towering homeruns, Ortiz has become one of the most dangerous and popular players in baseball. Find out more about one of baseball's best clutch hitters right here.
David Ortiz Bio - Dominican Star
was born in the Dominican Republic
, a country that has produced many other baseball stars including Vladimir Guerrero, Miguel Tejada and Albert Pujols
. David began playing baseball
when he was a kid and developed into a natural slugger
. With quick hands and a big frame, David was able to hit for both power and average
and was a star on his high school baseball team. In 1992, when he was just 17, Ortiz was signed by the Seattle Mariners
, who later traded him the Minnesota Twins
. After several up and down seasons with Minnesota, David Ortiz signed with the Boston Red Sox
, where he would become a baseball superstar
David Ortiz Bio - Super Slugger
David Ortiz made an instant impact
with the Boston Red Sox as their designated hitter. In his first season with the Bosox, he hit 31 homeruns
and had 101 RBIs. He also became a fan favorite
and earned the nickname
, Big Papi
, for his big frame and outstanding hitting. More importantly, Ortiz turned the Red Sox into one of the best teams in baseball
. In 2004, Ortiz put up even bigger numbers and helped the Sox end the dreaded Curse of the Bambino
by winning their first World Series title
since 1918. During the Red Sox playoff run, Ortiz hit several clutch hits
, including the game-winning homer that sparked the team's dramatic comeback over the New York Yankees
in the American League Championship Series. Ortiz continues to be one of best hitters in the American League and was voted in to the starting lineup in the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game
David Ortiz Bio - Did You Know?
Before every swing, David Ortiz spits into his batting gloves and claps his hands together.
David Ortiz was also a star on his high school basketball team in Santo Domingo.
In 2004, Ortiz and Manny Ram