Ortiz, the 39-year-old affectionately known to Red Sox fans as “Big Papi,” is a three-time World Series champion, winning titles with Boston in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The left-handed slugger is also a World Series MVP winner (2013), an ALCS MVP winner (2004), and a nine-time all-star. As of now, Ortiz has hit 503 home runs, 2,303 hits and accumulated 1,641 RBIs, all while batting .284.
Ortiz has been wearing Boston-based New Balance cleats as of late, hitting the field in them throughout the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Prior to New Balance, Ortiz hit the diamond in Reebok.
His career-defining moment – which didn’t have anything to do with his performance on the field – came on April 20, 2013, when he addressed the fans at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon bombing. During the televised speech speaking to Boston’s strength and resiliency, Ortiz famously cursed, but did not receive a fine from the FCC, with the commission releasing a statement via its Twitter account (in the words of chairman Julius Genachowski) saying, “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston.”
David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston – Julius
— The FCC (@FCC) April 20, 2013
Ortiz’s career has spanned 18 seasons so far, starting with the Minnesota Twins in 1997. He signed a free agent contract with Boston in 2003.