Well Red Sox Nation, we knew this day would eventually come. Earlier today David “Big Papi” Ortiz announced his retirement following the 2016 season. Ortiz has spent the last 13 years in a Red Sox uniform and has been a fan favorite since day one. The man known as Big Papi has delivered three World Series to the city of Boston. He teamed up with Manny Ramirez during the mid 2000’s to form one of the best three-four hitting duos in baseball history. He inspired and fired up the city of Boston with a certain four letter word after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Señor October has a long history of clutch hits in his regular season and postseason time spent with the Sox, too many to even go into. He’s had team jump on his back follow walk off hits an inordinate amount of times. Ortiz is the Captain of Clutch and a Red Sox hero. Ortiz is a true superstar in the fact that he plays his best when the lights are brightest. Ortiz is timeless in the fact that his performance at the plate has never diminished, a true testament to his greatness.
His individual accolades speak for themselves. Ortiz has 503 home runs, and is within striking distance of breaking the legendary Ted Williams’ club record of 521. His 503 home runs is 27th in MLB history. He holds the club record for most home runs, with 54 in 2006. Throughout his career Ortiz has been named an All Star nine times and finished second in MVP voting in 2005.
Ortiz is the best Designated Hitter of all time, period. Big Papi is also on of the most feared hitters in major league history. He’s also a surefire Hall of Famer. Ortiz’s bright smile rubbed off on his teammates and fans every day in the locker room and on the field. He’s been a class act since the day he’s arrived in Boston, and there’s no doubt he’ll be missed following this upcoming season by teammates, coaches and the entire Red Sox Nation. He’s one of the greatest Red Sox players of all time and will have his number hanging in right field soon. So here’s to a few final walk-offs, smiles and home runs, and thanks for everything the last 13 years. Now let’s go make the 14th and final go round one to remember.