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David “Big Papi” Ortiz has created a name for himself on the baseball field by being one of the most successful players, not only Red Sox history, but throughout the sport of baseball. His heroics in ending the Red Sox World Series curse in 2004 and record-breaking MVP performance in the 2013 World Series have earned him legendary status as one of Boston’s greatest sports heroes on field and off.
A ten-time All-Star and three-time World Series Champion, David is recognized as one of the greatest and most popular players of this era. David holds the all-time record for most hits and home runs by a designated hitter and in 2015 became the 27th player in baseball history to join the 500 Home Run club.
Upon visiting a hospital in the Dominican Republic in 2005, David decided that he wanted to do more than just play baseball and created the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. The fund provides care for children with congenital heart diseases both in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. In recognition of his charitable work, David received the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award, one of baseball’s most prestigious honors. To date, the fund has raised millions in order to provide the life-saving care these children need.
David Ortiz has left his mark in baseball, Boston, and beyond. He became the symbol the city rallied around not only after their comeback win in’04, but after a devastating terror attack shook the city to its core in 2013. David Ortiz has been proud to call Massachusetts his home all these years but never forgets his humble beginnings as a boy from the Dominican Republic.
Today, he lives in Florida and enjoys relaxing with his wife Tiffany and his four children. In his retirement, Ortiz has found focus in his production company, Big Papi Productions, with which he starred in his first TV show on Fusion network Big Papi Needs a job. Ortiz is excited for his latest pursuit, Ortiz34 – his own brand of kid’s bats, gloves, and balls which are currently being sold in Walmart & CVS with new store additions in the works.