Big Papiís Big Impact On Baseball
by Kyle Miller (@KyleM314)
David Ortiz is in the final stretch of his major league career. When he entered the league as a member of the Minnesota Twins in 1997, not many expected the native of the Dominican Republic to be anything special. Twenty years later, Ortiz is a three-time World Series Champion, a ten-time All-Star, and a player that the city of Boston wonít soon forget.
The 20-year veteran helped the turn the Red Sox back into a dynasty after nearly a century of losing. Big Papi was a key part of Bostonís Championship runs in 2004, 2007, and 2013; what
Ortiz will be most remembered for is his contribution to the teams Cinderella story in 2004.
During the 2004 Campaign Big Papi came up clutch in many situations where his team needed him the most. He hit a walk off home run against the Angels to send the Red Sox to the ALCS. During the ALCS Ortiz frustrated the Yankees
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not once but twice with †clutch hits to keep Boston alive. In game 4 of the series Ortiz hit a walk off two-run home run to help his team avoid a sweep. The very next night in game 5 Ortiz did it again with a bloop single that scored Johnny Damon to send the series back to the Bronx. He and the Red Sox would go on to win that series and the championship.
Big Papi has had a profound impact on the game, not only in Boston, but also around the entire league. In his illustrious career he has amassed 528 home runs, 1,728 RBIís, 2,416 hits and maintained a career average of .285. He leaves as the leader in home runs, hits and RBIís as a Designated Hitter. Ortiz is sure to be a first ballot Hall of Famer when he hangs up his cleats at the end of the season.