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Thank You, Papi

David Price and David Ortiz hanging out during Spring Training (Picture courtesy of Michael Ivins and ESPN.com)

David Price and David Ortiz hanging out during Spring Training (Picture courtesy of Michael Ivins and ESPN.com)

Dear David Ortiz,

You have changed Boston sports forever and we are eternally grateful for those moments.

It began when you helped the 2004 Red Sox by breaking the curse of the Bambino. When down 0-3 in the American League Championship Series, ALCS, you hit two clutch shot into right field to defeat the Yankees and force a game four and then a game five. You lead a team to something that has never been done before–coming back and winning after being down 0-3 in a series leading them to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

In the first game, in your first World Series at bat, you hit a three run home-run over Pesky’s pole to allow the Red Sox to lead 3-0. Eventually, the team would win their first World Series in over 80 years.

Who can forget 2013, the year our city was attacked and you and the Red Sox took the city on your back. You never stopped fighting, which was something the city embraced as well.

In the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, once again, you hit a game tying grand slam into the Red Sox bullpen. Helping the team eventually win the series and move onto the World Series to face the the St. Louis Cardinals.

You were a leader during that series, holding a team meeting, during a game, to rally the younger teammates. You helped bring this city together by bring home a third World Series in 10 years to Boston and winning the MVP for the World Series.

You have had countless incredible moments in your career and some incredible stats:

  •  541 home-run (17th of all time)
  • .286 lifetime average
  • .380 On-Base Percentage
  • 1,768 RBI’s (22nd All Time)
  • 2,470 hits
  • 10x All Star
  • 3x World Series Champion
  • 6x Silver Slugger

But you were more than a player to the people watching you, your were a super hero. Someone who we could always look to, to save the day. And for that we say, two simple words.

Thank you.

Trevor Nataupsky ’19 is a Sports Writer for The Hub. He can be followed on Twitter at @TheBigTuna511.

Posted by on October 11, 2016. Filed under Around the Hub,Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.