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David “Big Papi” Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the most popular figures ever to play the game. As a key part of the Boston Red Sox for 14 years, David has helped the team win 3 World Series, bringing back a storied franchise from “never wins” to “always wins.” He helped them upend the doubts, the naysayers, the nonbelievers and captured the imagination of millions of fans along the way, as he launched balls into the stands again, and again, and again. He made Boston and the Red Sox his home, his place of work, and his legacy. As he put it: This is our f*ing city.
Now, looking back at the end of his legendary career, Ortiz opens up fully for the first time about his last two decades in the game. Unhindered by political correctness, Ortiz talks colorfully about his journey, from his poor upbringing in the Dominican Republic to when the expansion Florida Marlins passed up a chance to sign him due to what was essentially tennis elbow. He recalls his days in Peoria, Arizona, his first time in the United States; tense exchanges with Twins manager Tom Kelly in Minnesota; and his arrival in Boston. Readers go behind the scenes for the many milestones of his Red Sox career— from the huge disappointment of the Red Sox losing to the Yankees in 2003, ending the curse in 2004 with the infamous “band of idiots," including his extraordinary clutch hitting to overcome a 3-0 series deficit against the Yankees, to earning a second title in 2007 and a third in 2013. Along the way, he was tainted by the infamous banned substances list in 2009; he used his passion and place to fortify a city devastated by the Boston Marathon bombings; and he dominated pitchers right up through his retirement season at age 40. Papi, as he became so affectionately called, gave his fans big hits when they needed them most. He was an even bigger presence: He was a champion who rallied a team, a city, and a sport in a way that no one will ever forget.
In Papi, his ultimate memoir, Ortiz opens up as never before about his life in baseball and about the problems he sees in Major League Baseball, about former teammates, opponents, coaches, and executives, and about the weight of expectation whenever he stepped up to the plate. The result is a revelatory, fly-on-the wall story of a career by a player with a lot to say at the end of his time in the game, a game to which he gave so much and which gave so much to him.
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June 04, 2017
I relived a lot of amazing moments reading this book. And he sure didn't hold back in expressing how he feels about certain people. Ortiz is such an important part of Red Sox history and certainly left an impression on the city of Boston. I enjoyed recounting his impressive career.
June 24, 2017
Very disappointing book, more notable for the stuff he leaves out than for what he puts in. This is mostly a gripe session, with a surprising number of motherf---er bombs, considering his younger fanbase. If you want to read about what a motherf---er former Sox GM Theo Epstein was while they talk...
September 30, 2017
Wow, I follow baseball fairly closely and was surprised by some of the details. I enjoyed this one immensely and even got choked up a time or two. Thanks, Papi (again!).
July 15, 2017
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a chance to relive many great moments for the Red Sox and Ortiz. The team misses him.
August 01, 2017
thanks for an awesome career!
October 02, 2017
David Ortiz will forever be the Ted Williams for my generation when it comes to Red Sox players. That is a considerable tall order considering the amount of talent that came through the Boston clubhouse from 2003 to 2016 (much of it that underplayed but got overpayed) and how much these teams acc...
August 20, 2017
2 and 1/2 stars out of 5 for Papi's book. I certainly enjoyed watching many of Ortiz's baseball exploits over the years, especially those big clutch hits against the Evil Empire. He was an all-around great hitter, too, not just a home run guy, which is what most people remember him as.
But I can'...
August 17, 2017
From impoverished and violent beginnings in the Dominican Republic, "Big Papi" David Ortiz rose to the pinnacle of Major League Baseball. He credits many for their help along the way: his loving parents, friends and fellow baseball players, coaches, managers, and owners who provided the support a...
July 18, 2017
I preface this by admitting to being a life long Red Sox fan. For 13 years I've watched David Ortiz dazzle Boston fans with his timely hitting. His retirement last year at age 40 was well deserved, but a blow to Sox fans and their line-up. As soon as I read of the publication of this book, I dash...
July 28, 2017
I went into this book with high expectations but found them to be unfulfilled. I was hoping for a new insight into one of the most exciting periods in Boston Red Sox history. Instead we're given the type of thin stories that haven't already been told. There are no really new or even interesting s...