We knew that he had a difficult childhood in the Dominican Republic but it served to build the character that was in him and led him through life. David Ortiz grew up in the Dominicans in a very rough neighborhood. For 13 years I've watched David Ortiz dazzle Boston fans with his timely hitting. You get a chapter about his charity, but nothing about other players' charities. It's a real bitter taste in an otherwise fantastic decade and change for the Sox.
It's a good read just for the humanity of his journey and the teachings he got from his parents and family to make him become a great man and sports figure. I skipped soccer one afternoon in October to go down to Yawkey Way with a few friends. And there is a good share of big moments covered, but there could have been more details, perhaps. 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 to which he gave so much and which gave so much to him. Before the season began he injured his leg.
I enjoyed reading of his relationship with other players, how influential they were to him and how he played the same role for other more recent players. A big man with a lot of love to give to baseball, his parents, wife, children and being an American citizen. Aside from playing baseball, this — being something bigger than himself, the beating heart inside the memory of a spectacular era — seems to be what Ortiz was born to do. For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. The after two years of playing with the twins he was traded to the boston redsox.
I enjoyed the book and feel like I learned a lot about Ortiz's personality and motivations. Some thank him for their childhoods. 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 accomplished. His career did so much for Boston and for the city that will long be felt for generations to come. Ortiz looks at the line of people in front of him, each one clutching the picture of his face that graces the cover of Papi. I am proud and inspired to be his fan, and I loved reading this book.
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 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. That a flip flop he forgot he signed 12 years ago becomes a prized possession. 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. To me, it is definitely worth the read. Both are very purple, but the color looks better on the retired slugger than it does in the gaudy lobby. 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 and the guidance he needed.
It turned out to me a pretty good story, I really enjoyed it because of the story how he told the story and what he had to say about it. Ortiz stops laughing and shakes his head when I bring this up. 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. There are no really new or even interesting stories to be told. But really he learned that someone actually wanted him. An entourage of suits surrounds Ortiz as he makes his way through the lobby and out the revolving doors, speaking rapid-fire Spanish into his phone.
When everyone is finally situated, Ortiz seems surprised to find me squished between him and a publicist. He showed how his life changed just by working hard and playing baseball. The best parts were his early life and the journey to play professional baseball in America. Ortiz is a prime example because he grew up playing baseball with oranges and dried up socks, yet he still made it to the preffessional leagues. I would recommend this for Red Sox fans or hardcore baseball fans. To him it just happened and no further explanation is needed. This really got to him and made him want to do something to help.
Papi will always tell you to never stop trying or working, because if you put your heart and effort into something, good things will eventually come. . His retirement last year at age 40 was well deserved, but a blow to Sox fans and their line-up. Saying Manny when it should have clearly been Millar. Ortiz even admits he doesn't even know how he ended up in Boston or how come the 2004-07 seasons were so sucessful. You need to understand, bro, writing a book is not that easy. This year they not only missed your clutch hitting, they al What can I say, I am originally from Boston, love the Red Sox, and always loved Big Papi.
And believe me, I'm no baseball prude, but the loud volume of motherf---ers and other punches and jibes is shocking, considering he has to know that kids and pre-teens will want to read this. And I got to relive the '04, '07, and '13 seasons through the book. His parents divorced and he moved in with his uncle. Some ask him to say hi to their parents on the phone. Along the way, he was tainted by the infamous banned substances list in 2009; he used hispassion 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. Although there were some slow parts, I like this book for many reasons including its topic of baseball, and also the Red Sox. I certainly enjoyed watching many of Ortiz's baseball exploits over the years, especially those big clutch hits against the Evil Empire.