On November 18, 1975, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a man by the name of David Américo Ortiz Arias was born. Most may know him as “Red Sox Legend” David Ortiz.
Today marks the official opening of the 2016 Spring Training, and what is going to be David Ortiz’s last season of a storybook career that we have been watching since 1997. He is on the top of many leaderboards: 26th all time slugging percentage (.547), 27th all time in home runs (503), 30th all time in runs batted in (1,641), while having 6 silver slugger awards, 9 all star appearances, 3 World Series rings with some of the most clutch post season performances in baseball’s history. To say his career is not something to tell your grandchildren about would be rubbish.
However, Ortiz, or better known to Red Sox Nation as Big Papi, has one last go around to further engrave his name with the rest of the baseball gods in the Hall of Fame. What type of season will he leave us with? He has already told father time to leave him alone at the age of 40 years old, hitting 37 home runs and 108 RBIs last season. Will he do the same this year? There is nothing to show us why he can’t.
How will his farewell stop in each city be treated? It is hard to imagine he won’t be given the same send-off treatment as Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, both of New York Yankee fame. It is hard to look at the career Big Papi has had, despite how 2016 may go, without tipping your cap to a true baseball legend as he walks away from a fairy-tale like career. Yes, Yankee fans, I know it is difficult to admit it after the 2004 ALCS, but I know you’ll be upset as well. So tip your cap everyone, with the rest of the MLB, as we watch Ortiz play his final season.