Papi is not perfect and he’s still a rockstar in Boston, but he needs to spend more time in the United States and be careful because little warts add up to big ones. His wife hails from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, a town in between the cities of Green Bay and Appleton. [3] Ortiz graduated from Estudia Espaillat High School in the Dominican Republic, and was a standout baseball and basketball player there. On May 28, Ortiz hit his 100th career home run, a grand slam, off Joel Piñeiro of the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. In the postseason, Ortiz again kept up the clutch hitting. [54] He was the 2016 Esurance MLB/This Year in Baseball Award winner for Best Hitter, his third time. In a Boston Globe article, Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski called David Ortiz the second greatest hitter in club history, stating "I would say as a hitter, I would say he's next to Ted [Williams]."[38][39]. He also earned his first Silver Slugger award for his outstanding performance at designated hitter. However, the Red Sox again failed to qualify for the postseason. On October 2, 2016 at a press conference at Fenway Park, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said it was "entirely possible" Ortiz did not test positive during the MLB survey drug testing in 2003. 500", "Ortiz Becomes 4th MLB Player With 500 HR & 3 World Series Titles", "David Ortiz hits 600th career double to beat Astros, celebrates accordingly", "Daily Red Sox Links: J.D. ESPN.com October 31, 2013 "Ortiz named MVP after hitting .688 vs. [83], Ortiz was discharged from MGH on July 26, 2019 after a six week stay. Fernandez alleged stated in the restraining order application that she’s been “intimidated and threatened” by Ortiz. [85], On June 19, the Dominican Attorney General's office announced that Ortiz had not been the intended victim of the gunman and that the shooting had been carried out on the orders of Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez, a known associate of a Mexican drug cartel.

[90], A restraining order was issued on May 21, 2020, against Ortiz by Fary Almanzar Fernandez, who is also the mother of Ortiz’s first born son, David Andres Ortiz Almanzar. Referring to the switch, sportswriter Jay Jaffe called Arias/Ortiz "literally the player to be named later."[5]. Bob Hohler can be reached at robert.hohler@globe.com. [76], On June 9, 2019, Ortiz was shot and severely wounded at approximately 8:50 p.m. local time, while at the Dial Bar and Lounge in East Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

[26] The deal was made official on November 5. The series had four episodes and discussed Ortiz's life and career. It was apparent the injury affected his production, as he batted just .202 upon his return. In the 2003 postseason, Ortiz struggled in the ALDS against the Oakland A's until Game 4, when he hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning off closer Keith Foulke to turn a 4–3 deficit into a 5–4 Red Sox lead and eventual victory. More than 100 others failed and their names weren’t leaked. [22] [94] When asked which supplements he had been taking, Ortiz said he did not know. On September 20 at Fenway Park, Ortiz tied Jimmie Foxx's single season Red Sox home run record of 50 set in 1938, in the sixth inning against Minnesota Twins' Boof Bonser. A restraining order was issued on May 21, 2020, against Ortiz by Fary Almanzar Fernandez, who is also the mother of Ortiz’s first born son, David Andres Ortiz Almanzar. Once the season started, Ortiz continued to hit well, homering 35 times to go along with 104 RBI and a .263 average. In Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, he hit two home runs off of Rays' ace pitcher David Price.