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Big Papi

My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits

David Ortiz with Tony Massarotti

St. Martin's Griffin

Feared by pitchers and loved by baseball fans of all stripes, David “Big Papi” Ortiz wields a big bat, a huge smile, and an even bigger heart. In this blockbuster biography, Ortiz tells his tale: Growing up poor in the Dominican Republic, struggling through the minor leagues in an unfamiliar country, and ultimately finding success as a late-inning hero for the Boston Red Sox . . . and helping his team make the greatest comeback in sports history by winning the 2004 World Series. In 2006 he broke the team record with 54 home runs and started the All-Star game for the third straight year in 2007.

Along the way he shares his hard-won wisdom, sidesplitting laughs from the clubhouse, thoughts about his famous teammates and opponents, and some remarkably candid opinions. Big Papi is an unforgettable story about a sports hero that will have readers cheering with every page.

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Chapter 1
To be honest, I still laugh about it sometimes. I’ll be out there on the field, warming up for a game or something, and somebody from the other team will come over and ask me: “What’s up, Papi?” I might not even know the guy, might not even recognize him, but he knows me by my nickname. So I’ll say hello back—“Wassup, dude?”—and then get back to my running or stretching or whatever. But inside, I’ll be laughing.
I’m really not sure how it started, bro. I have no idea. After I got to Boston and started playing for
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Praise for Big Papi

Big Papi brings us the life and thoughts of the greatest clutch hitter in memory.”---The Boston Globe

“The only thing more amazing than the Red Sox winning a World Series is Ortiz’s remarkable story.”---Publishers Weekly

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  • David Ortiz with Tony Massarotti

  • 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 Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry and the War for the Pennant. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Natalie, and their sons, Alexander and Xavier.

  • David Ortiz
  • Tony Massarotti Photo: Matt Stone-Boston Herald
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Big Papi

My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits

David Ortiz with Tony Massarotti

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