David Ortiz

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David Ortiz

Born

11/18/1975, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Birth Name

David Americo Ortiz

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Señor Octubre (Senor October), Señor Papi, Big Papi
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Biography

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David Ortiz Hitting: Where did all the power come from? Ortiz always has had it, but the Metro dome's baggie in right field had kept a lot of his line drives in the park. Not that he's strictly a pull hitter-he always has been somewhat unusual in that…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He has the unique honor of having increased his season home run total in each of seven consecutive seasons. Starting from 2000, year-by-year he has hit 10, 18, 20, 31, 41, 47 and 54 Home Runs.

    • David led the American League in Home Runs in 2006 with 54, he became the 25th ML player to reach 50 in a season. He tied with Babe Ruth for the AL single season home run record in road games with 32, also in 2006. He also led the American League in Runs Batted In in both 2005 & 2006.

    • Big Papi hit his 50th home run of the 2006 season on Wednesday, September 20, 2006. He tied Jimmie Foxx for the Red Sox single season franchise record in homers. The next day, he hit 2 more home runs to break the single season record.

    • Big Papi hit his 40th home run of the 2006 season on Sunday, August 6, 2006. He became the first Red Sox player to hit 40 homers in three straight seasons.

    • David Ortiz was the Designated Hitter for Minnesota before he became a big name when he came to Boston.

    • In the 2006 "Century 21 Home Run Derby" contest in Pittsburgh, David hit 10 home runs in the first round, with his longest home run at an estimated 488 feet into the river. In the second round he hit 4, missing out on a chance to go to the championship round.

    • Named his son D'Angelo after the D'Angelo Sandwich Shops, for whom he has performed advertisements.

    • David was given a plaque declaring him "The Best Clutch Hitter in the History of the Boston Red Sox."

    • David was named the American League Player of the Month for September 2005 and July 2006.

    • He has a tattoo of his mother on his biceps. His mother, Angela Rosa Arias, died in a car crash in January 2002 at the age of 46.

    • David points to the sky when he reaches home plate after hitting a home run.

    • David was the 2003 Caribbean Series MVP.

    • David has hit 6 grand slams in his career.

    • Big Papi hit his 200th career home run on Thursday, June 29, 2006 against the New York Mets.

    • In Fenway Park, David hit a three-run home run in his first World Series at-bat in the 2004 World Series.

    • David was nicknamed "Señor Octubre" in the 2004 postseason for tying a record with 19 RBIs in the postseason, winning three playoff games at Fenway Park with walkoff hits in the span of 11 days and being named the AL Championship Series MVP.

    • David has hit a home run in 22 different ballparks.

    • On April 10, 2006, the Red Sox announced that they have agreed to terms on a contract extension with Ortiz, and have secured him as a member of their team until 2010, with a club option for 2011.

    • In 2004 Ortiz hit 24 road home runs, second only to Ted Williams' 26 in 1957.

    • In 2004 Ortiz hit back-to-back home runs six times, tying the major league single season.

    • In 2004 David and Manny Ramirez became the first pair of American League teammates to hit 40 home runs, have 100 RBIs, and bat .300 since the Yankees Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931, and the first Red Sox duo with 40 homers since Tony Armas and Jim Rice in 1984.

    • On June 13, 2006, Ortiz was the victim of former teammate Johan Santana's 1,000th career strikeout.

    • In 2005 Red Sox owner John Henry named Ortiz "The Best Clutch Hitter in the History of the Boston Red Sox."

    • David made his major league debut on September 2, 1997.

    • David is 6 foot 4 inches and weighs 230 lbs.

    • David has his own catchphrase which is "Who's your Papi?"

    • His 2005 salary with the Red Sox was $5,250,000. For the 2006 season it's $6,500,000.

    • David did not attended college, however he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 1992.

    • David began his baseball career with the Seattle Mariners, but was sent to Minnesota in 1996. There he started with the Twins' minor league AA team, the New Britain Rock Cats, and then was promoted to the Twins in the 1997 season.

    • He's been in the top 10 of MVP voting 3 times, 5th in 2003; 4th in 2004 and 2nd in 2005.

    • David is a 3 time All-Star; in 2004, 2005 & 2006.

    • Set the record for most home runs by a designated hitter in a season in the 2005 season. He hit 43 home runs beating Edgar Martinez's record of 37 set in 2000.

    • Winner of the 2005 Hank Aaron Award in the American League for the best overall offensive performer in both the American League and National League.

    • David was the 2004 and 2005 winner of MLB's TYIB or "This Year In Baseball" Hitter of the Year Award.

    • He is a three-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award; 2004, 2005 and 2006.

    • David was suppose to grace the cover of Nintendo's baseball video game for the Gamecube, "Pennant Chase Baseball", but the game has since been cancelled.

    • Before swinging, Ortiz spits on the palm of his glove and then claps his hands, this has become apart of his warm up.

    • Big Papi has surpassed 200 career home runs, hitting his 200th early in the 2006 season.

    • David appears on the cover of Sony's baseball video game "MLB 06: The Show".

    • Has his own line of salsa called "Big Papi Salsa."

    • He currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.

    • In six seasons with Minnesota, Ortiz batted .266 with 58 home runs and 238 RBI in 455 games. In three seasons with Boston, he has collected so far a .297 average, 119 home runs, and 388 RBI in 437 games.

    • Perhaps known best for his remarkable clutch hitting, Ortiz hit 20 home runs in the 2005 season which either tied or gave Boston a lead. Eight of these came in the 7th inning or later.

    • Has 11 career walk-off home runs, 10 of these have come with the Boston Red Sox. In June 2006 he hit 4 walk-off homers.

    • He was the runner up in the 2005 A.L. MVP voting.

    • Played for his home country of the Domincan Republic in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He hit .193 average with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs.

    • David is left-handed.

    • David plays for the Boston Red Sox.

    • His nickname is Big Papi.

    • David is a designated hitter which means he doesn't play in the field he only gets to bat. His real position is at first base, and since joining the Red Sox he's only played first base 91 times, most of those coming in either interleague play, in the World Series or if he has to play for an injured first baseman.

    • Ortiz and Ramirez are possibly two of the best duos in baseball currently.

    • David may have had his best season of his career in 2005. He hit 47 home runs, had 148 RBI's and had a .300 batting average.

  • Quotes

    • David: I think it's discrimination right there against the D.H. It's a position, bro. Who are the guys making the big money? The hitters.

    • David: He said that he wouldn't give his vote to a D.H. Well, bro, let me tell you, the D.H. is the one that won the game against you the other night. You shouldn't go out there and sound that stupid.

    • David: I'm not thinking home run, I just want to put a good swing on the ball. When you go looking for home runs, you get off of your swing. So you don't think of homers when you go up to the plate.

    • David: When I have in my mind that you have a good fastball, it doesn't matter how nasty you are with some of the other pitches.

    • David: I'm an easy person to get along with. Even when I struggle, I have the same attitude.

    • David: I'm getting pitches to hit and swinging. Once you get your pitch, keep swinging.

    • David: Through the years I've been getting better and better and better, and it's what you learn though the seasons.

    • David: I showed people that it's not about guessing what people can do. It's about saying, 'Here, show me what you can do.'

    • David: I do it normally, just to thank God and thanks to my mom too.

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    The True Mr. Clutch. This guy had a burst in his career. Ever since he started playing on a good team Ortiz has been a captain figure on the Sox. He is a playoff and World Series hero and he always will be remembered.
  • Look out pitchers, it's Big Papi.

    9.6
    A rising star in the big leagues, David Ortiz is becoming one of the most feared batters in the Majors. He plays for the Boston Red Sox and has become one of the most recognized athletes of Boston sports. He is known as the "Greatest Clutch Hitter in the History of Boston baseball" and perhaps all of baseball in recent years. Often looked down among baseball analysts, the designated hitter position, which is David's position, is being reinvented with David's power hitting. A possible MVP in the not too distant future, David already has a World Series ring and has captured the heart of not only Red Sox fans, but baseball fans in general, too, with his power and his team leadership.moreless
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