BOSTON >> Red Sox jerseys slugger David Ortiz, Boston beloved Papi who helped the cursed franchise end its dynasty of disappointment and cursed out the bombers who attacked his adopted city, said on Wednesday he will play one more year before retiring. The post was titled
is based on different chapters, and I think I am ready to experience the next one in my life, he told his fans. wish I could play another 40 years, so I could have you guys behind me, but it doesn work that way. After this year, time is up. So let enjoy the season.
Already treasured for his big hits and even bigger personality, Ortiz further cemented himself in the city lore after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds more. Taking the microphone before the ballclub first game back, Ortiz told a Fenway crowd that included the governor and top police officials: is our (expletive) city. And nobody going to dictate our freedom. Ortiz batted .688 in the six game victory over the St. Louis Cardinals jerseys, and was named the Series MVP. He is one of just four players in baseball history with at least 500 career homers and three World Series championships, joining Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Reggie Jackson.
given all of our fans so much reason to cheer, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on Wednesday. got a lot of respect for him and the way that he always, I think, brought a great leadership to his team. He been a great example.
is difficult to adequately convey what David Ortiz has meant to the Boston Red Sox jerseys, team owner John Henry said in a statement. those of us cheap mlb jerseys for sale who have had the honor of knowing him all these years, he has been exactly what you hope to see in a man who has been the face of this organization.
Big Papi, as he came to be known by his fans and teammates, had consecutive game ending hits in extra innings of Games 4 and 5 of the AL championship series against the Yankees jerseys as the Red Sox jerseys became the first major league team to overcome a 0 3 deficit in a best of seven series. The Red Sox jerseys went on to sweep St. Louis in the World Series for their first title since 1918.
Ortiz stuck around for two more titles the only member of the team that was still active in 2013, when he had 11 hits in the first five games before the Cardinals jerseys walked him four times in the clincher.
is one of the game greatest players and greatest champions and he has been there for the city of Boston through thick and thin every step of the way, Red Sox jerseys President Sam Kennedy said. has been a pillar of our team and a pillar of our city.
look forward to a final season of raising our heads to the sky looking for his long ball, and watching him point to the heavens when he arrives home one final time.
Originally signed by Minnesota, Ortiz played parts of six seasons with the Twins jerseys before they released him after the 2002 season. He came to Boston as an unknown platoon first baseman, found a spot at designated hitter and emerged as one of the best sluggers in baseball history.
In all, he enters his final season with a .284 average, 2,303 hits, 584 doubles and 1,641 RBIs. In 82 postseason games, including nine with the Twins jerseys, he batted .295 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs.
His 445 with the Red Sox jerseys is the third most in franchise history behind Ted Williams 521 and the 452 hit by Carl Yastrzemski. He is 27th on baseball career homer list, one behind Eddie Murray.
The 447 homers he hit while in the lineup as a DH are the most since the position was established in 1973. He was been named the AL designated hitter of the year a record seven times, surpassing the five won by Edgar Martinez, for whom the award is named.