Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits

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Raised in the Dominican Republic, signed by the Seattle Mariners, and released by the Minnesota Twins, David Ortiz landed in baseball-crazy Boston, of all places. Generally regarded as an underachiever to that point in his career, Ortiz blossomed into one of the most feared and adored sluggers in baseball while altering the course of the game's history, helping Boston win its first World Series in eighty-six years and thereby breaking the infamous "Curse of the Bambino."
Along the way, Ortiz established his place as a truly Ruthian figure in the annals of our national pastime: an imposing figure in the batter's box, yet an endearing man to the young, particularly in his native Dominican Republic, where he has focused his charitable efforts on improving the health of children. The son of two caring parents, and a loving father of three, Ortiz is a hero to many.
Now, in his memoir, the man affectionately known as "Big Papi" recounts his life from growing up in an impoverished area of the Dominican Republic (where baseball is king) to his ascension in Boston (where he became one). Ortiz discusses, in detail, his historic and record-setting performances as a member of the Red Sox, his exploding popularity, the challenges of playing in Boston, and life in the Red Sox clubhouse.
BIG PAPI is a unique memoir by a charismatic man who appeals to young and old, on the baseball field or off.
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DAVID ORTIZ has averaged more than 43 home runs and 131 RBIs as a member of the Boston Red Sox, leading all major league players in RBIs during the four-year period from 2003 to 2006. Ortiz has spent all or parts of ten years in the major leagues. In 2006, he hit 54 home runs to set a Red Sox franchise record, breaking the mark previously held by Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx.

TONY MASSAROTTI began covering baseball in 1991 for the Boston Herald. He coauthored the bestselling book A TALE OF TWO CITIES: THE 2004 RED SOX-YANKEES RIVALRY AND THE WAR FOR THE PENNANT. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Natalie, and their son, Alexander.

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Apr 17, 2007
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David Ortiz se crió en la República Dominicana, firmó su primer contrato de grandes ligass con los Marineros de Seattle y, más tarde, perdió su lugar con los Mellizos de Minnesota para pasar a esa ciudad donde el béisbol es locura, Boston. Considerado por muchos hasta ese punto como un talento de bajo rendimiento, Ortiz se convirtió en uno de los toleteros más temidos y adorados del béisbol, ya cambió el curso de la historia del juego al contribuir con la primera Victoria en 86 an?os de Boston en la Serie Mundial, lo que puso fin a la famosa "Maldición del Bambino".
Entretanto, Ortiz se consagró en los anales de nuestro pasatiempo predilecto como una figura de la estatura de Babe Ruth: una figura imponente en la caja de bateo, pero alguien que es admirado y querido por la juventud, especialmente en la República Dominicana, su país natal, donde ha dirigido su labor caritativa al mejoramiento de la salud infantil.
Ahora, en sus memorias, el hombre a quien se conoce de manera carin?osa como Big Papi narra su vida desde sus primeros an?os en una zona pobre de la República Dominicana (donde el béisbol es rey) hasta su consagración en Boston (donde obtuvo su corona). Ortiz habla en dealle acerca de los juegos en los que hizo historia y batió marcas, de su creciente popularidad, de los retos que impone el jugar en Boston, al igual que de la vida en el camerino de los Medias Rojas. Todo esto realza las memorias de Big Papi, un relato excepcional de un hombre carismático que atrae a chicos y grandes, tanto en el campo de juego como fuera de él.
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