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David Ortiz "Big Papi"

David Ortiz "Big Papi"

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David Ortiz "Big Papi"
Birth date: 
November 18, 1975
Position: 
Designated Hitter

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David Amércio Ortiz Arias also known as "Big Papi" was born on november 18, 1975 in Haina, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

Big Papi got his nickname because when he arrived in Fenway he didn't know anyone's name and he called everyone "papi" which means "daddy" in Spanish. Everyone started calling him "Big Papi". Each time he hits a home run when he passes the plate he looks up to the sky and points both index fingers to the sky in honor of his mother Angela Rosa Arias who died in a car crash in January 2002, he also has a tattoo of her on his arm.

Ortiz set a new Red Sox record with 54 home runs and had a 137 RBIs leading the Amreican League in both home runs and RBIs. He hit his 200th home run against Duaner Sánchez of the New York Mets at Fenway Park. He also tied Jimmie Fox's single season Red Sox home run record of 50 set in 1938, during the sixth inning against Boof Bonser of the Minnesota Twins and he broke the same record by hitting his 51st home run on September 21 breaking his own American League single season record.

He was twice World Series Champion in 2004 and 2007. Nine times MLB All-Star (2004-2008, 2010-2013), five times Silver Slugger Award (2004-2007, 2011), six times Edgar Martínez Award (2003-2007, 2010). 

Big Papi won the Hank Aaron Award in 2005 and was American Leagu home run leader in 2006.

He was American League RBI leader twice consecutively in 2005 and 2006.

He won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2011.

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Big Papi signal | Big Papi señala
Big Papi broke the bat | Big Papi...
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Big Papi Homerun gesture | El gesto de...
Big Papi at bat | Big Papi al bate

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