What seems to be a common theme for the Boston Red Sox this year is that there is always someone on the team who has a hot bat. When one player cools down, another one has been slowly heating up for some time, until what they are doing obtains a lot of attention.
Coming into the 2016 season, the Red Sox had a bunch of “what if’s” that needed to fall into place in order for Red Sox fans to feel comfortable with this year’s team. Before the season even got underway, the “what if’s” seemed even more formidable when Eduardo Rodriguez and Carson Smith landed themselves on the disabled list before opening day.
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.