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“The only thing more amazing than the Red Sox winning a World Series is Ortiz’s remarkable story.”—-Publishers Weekly
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The book "Big Papi" was narrated, by David Ortiz, and co-written with Tony Massarotti, author and sports reporter. Ortiz is currently a member of the Boston Red Sox, but the book covers far more than his career with the Sox. His story begins back when he was playing ball in the Dominican Republic. It continues to cover his experiences in the minor leagues, and eventually to the MLB where he was drafted by the Mariners, and traded to the Minnesota Twins where is major league career began. Ortiz discusses the physical, mental, and emotional stress that ball players at any level are faced with. He especially stresses the importance of hard work, determination, patients and support, were to him while he making it into the big leagues.
I enjoyed the book because you feel a connection with Ortiz while reading. He hold nothing back and tells the truth about how long it takes to make it to the MLB. Just by the way he describes vagarious topics as a reader you know Ortiz is a honest, respectable, everyday guy. For example he explains he feel guilty for not always paying attention to his fans, but on the other had he just wants to live his life like any other person. "I feel badly about it"(Ortiz 13). remarked Ortiz after having an encounter with a fan who wanted to hang out with him and his friends. He does more then just explain baseball he makes it as personalized as possible.
From this book I learned what it takes to be a major league ball player; determination, hard work, practice, and support of family and friends. I would recommend this book to baseball players and fans who can understand and appreciate the book as well as the game its self. It is a great read that inspires young players and excites the reader.
Posted May 15, 2011
This book is about the Red Sox's designated hitter David Ortiz and his journey to becoming a Red Sox fan favorite. He starts out at is home in the Dominican Republic with his mom, pop and his three other siblings. He explains how into baseball the Dominican is, they would use anything to play, broomsticks, bottle caps,and his sisters doll heads. He and his friends loved to play baseball outside, they were almost never inside. But that was because they didn't have the technology that the U.S has. He goes onto saying that he started going to the U.S for baseball when he was 17 year old; his first professional team that he played on was the Seattle Mariners. Ortiz says he loves it when there is someone from the Dominican on his team, so he doesn't feel out of place. Through the book he explains his relationships with some of his team mates like him and his close friend Martinez, Martinez was one of the first people he got to know in professional baseball. He goes on to say that is was a very difficult ride getting to where he is now. His inspiration for going for his dreams in baseball was his parents, and they supported him with everything he did. I definitely recommend this to baseball fans, especially Red Sox Fans. It is very inspiring with inspiring quotes like "once that happens, once you hold up that trophy or put on that ring, everybody starts to look at you a little differently, even if you still see yourself the same way." This book also had a lot of information about his record breakings. The only problem with this book for me was that it talked to much about his statistics over and over again, other than that this book was very good!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted February 26, 2011
The Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz states his life and how he made into the MLB. He begins telling his story with his childhood growing up in the Dominican Republic. He described baseball in the Dominican Republic very different from what it is here for a kid in the United States. Kids played on the roads and used the classic household appliances to play the game.He didn't describe himself as coming up from poverty but you could tell thats what he meant. David then went to a major league baseball camp in the Dominican. He injured his elbow to the point where he could barely throw a baseball. The baseball team the Florida Marlins cut him from their training camp. David then got motivation from his father and got back out there and made a name for himself and was drafted at age 18 to the major leagues. He describes his dad as a motivating factor in his life and shaped his personality and well being. The book describes him and how he rose from nothing into greatness. I think this book is very inspiring amongst young teens who are doubting themselves and their ability in how to play the game. Later in the book when he is given the name Big Papi he tells his story in how he beat the legendary Jimmie Foxx's record of 50 home runs in a season and how much it meant to him. I personally saw him play in 2009 and to see him first hand is a very cool and fun experience. This book was fun to read and I recommend it to other people to read also.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2010
I read Big Papi, by David Ortiz with Tony Massarotti. It is about David Ortiz, or known to some as Big Papi. It is about Ortiz becoming one of the greatest baseball hitters in history. It tells from when he played ball as a kid around his home in the Dominican Republic, to when he played ball for the Boston Red Sox. How came from a family that didn't have much, just to become one of baseball's best known stars. David came from a family of ball players so to say. His father was one of the greatest pitchers growing up where he lived, and would have made it pro, if he didn't start a family instead. He was always there for David growing up. He helped him as a boy, and as a man. One part of the book tells of how David was released from a team, and his dad flew to where they were stationed, and talked to David and helped him get through this tough time. Whether it was getting in trouble or getting upset, Ortiz's father was always there to resolve the situation. Ortiz said how he could tell when his father was upset by the way he screamed his name. Ortiz was born as David Americo Ortiz Arias on November 18, 1975. He graduated from Estudia Espallat High School, and got signed by the Seattle Mariners in 1992. There he played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers until 1996, when they traded David to the Minnesota Twins. Ortiz constantly went between the majors and minors in his five years in Minnesota. He played there from 1996 to 2002. His 2002 year was productive, even though he had knee problems and missed part of the season. But after the season, the Twins released him. This is when dad stepped in to help Ortiz through the situation. If not for his dad being there for him, he may have quit baseball altogether he said. But then, early in 2003, Ortiz got signed as a free agent to the Boston Red Sox. He started as a back up DH behind Jeremy Giambi. But when Giambi got into his slump, Ortiz was put into the lineup. He hit 31 homers that year. In 2004, he was voted onto the All Star team for the American League. He also helped the Sox win the world series and beat the Yankees to get there. He hit some key homers and had some walk offs to guide them to victory. He was awarded MVP of the ALCS and hit 41 home runs. 2005 was another year where he did great. He sent 47 baseballs out of the park, and came in second for the American League Most Valuable Player award, behind Alex Rodriguez. Then, in 2006, he broke the record for most home runs in a single season. He hit 54 home runs, defeating Jimmie Foxx's previous record of 51. Some of the baseballs were auctioned off and the money went to charities. By reading this book, I learned to never give up on yourself. Though the times may get tough, if you keep fighting, the times will become better. This is why I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't just for sports fans, it was for everyone. Sure, most of it focused on baseball, but it was also about his life, and what he had learned. I think it was great how he has a dad like that to always be there for him. In all, I would seriously recommend this book to anyone. It was a great book, and you get to learn a lot from reading it. I also liked this book because of the way he "talked" to the reader. He always called you "bro," which i think of as being friendly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2010
Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits is written by David Ortiz and Co-written by Tony Massorotti is an autobiography about Ortiz and his rise to fame and becoming an icon for the Boston Red Sox. David Ortiz begins his book by explaining how he grew up with a father who loved baseball but how to give it up when he was born. He talks about how everyone in the Dominican Republic loves baseball and describes all the different ways him and his friends would play the game. He would even go as far as taking head's off his sister's dolls to use them as balls. As David got older, he begin to start to really enjoy playing the game and take it more serious. He started playing at camps and working very hard. He knew he wanted to be a major league baseball player and nothing would stop him. Eventually, Ortiz was signed by the Minnesota Twins. He was released a few years later, only to be picked up by the Boston Red Sox. And the rest is history. In this book, Ortiz talks about some of his achievements in his baseball career, including breaking Jimmie Foxx's home run record, the 2004 playoffs and becoming a legend in Boston. It is also an intresting look inside of his personal life since joining the major leagues. He talks about how everywhere he goes, he is referred to as Big Papi and how he has become a huge celebrity in Boston. In one of his stories he explains about one Halloween night when he was giving out candy, there was a line of children and parents outside his house trying to get pictures with him. This book is a great look inside one of the best clutch hitters in baseball history, and all baseball fans and especially Red Sox fans will love reading about this story and will leave them wanting more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2008
i didnt get a chance to finish this book, but what i did get to read, i loved, i kind of lost interest when someone other that ortiz himself was talking...this book is great and shows all people, even peopl who are not boston fans how if you make it through all of lifes ups and downs, it will pay off in the long run. although anyone can read this book and love it, i think its more significant if a red sox, twins, or marriners fan reads it, because it involves all three teamsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2008
I am papi's biggest fan and i loved this book i think that every baseball fan should read this book on how papi got to the big leagues. Papi has big hits and big swears, read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2008
I enjoyed this book, I think anyone who likes baseball or David Ortiz could really get into this book. In the book Big Papi, tells about his highs and also some of his lows in his career. I liked that you could see how he is a real down to earth person, like he comes off as. You see how much family means to him, and also how much the his birth place, the Dominican means to him. Ortiz talks just like any other person using the word 'bro' alot, which tended get irritating after a while, but again it showed that hes just like any other person, and does not think he is better than anyone else because he is famous. The curse of the Bambino was also talked about and how Ortiz was part of the team that broke the curse. Ortiz did not really get into great detail about his friendships on the team, but he did mention people who helped his career out a lot. ¿How Mo was beloved by the fans, and that¿s something I always hoped would happen to me.¿ Ortiz has so much respect for other players. I think that hes beloved by his fans, and other players as well. I personally think this was a well written book, and I think anyone could easily enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2008
The book Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits was written by David Ortiz, with help from Tony Massarotti. It is about David's life as a baseball player, and his life growing up in the Dominican Republic. It covers his time in the minors, up till his time with the Red Sox where he broke the Red Sox single season home run record, made a name for himself as the most feared clutch hitter in baseball, and helped the Red Sox win their first world series in 86 years. This book is not only about baseball, but motivation and how much help family can be. I liked this book because baseball is my favorite sport. You do not need to like baseball to enjoy this book, because it is about a lot more than just baseball. It is about growing up in a Hispanic country, working hard to get to where you want to be in life, perseverance, and family. People of all ages, baseball lovers or not, would enjoy this book very much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2008
The book Big Papi ¿ My story of Big Dreams and Big Hits was a great book. I don¿t think I could say anything bad about it, first of all David Ortiz is my favorite players on the Red Sox. Reading a book about his life and how he became a famous baseball player was very interesting to me. I really like how he told about his life and what it was like to live in the Dominican, how he would find and make things to play baseball with his friends. I also like how he told us his struggles in trying to make it to the big leagues. I like it how he talks about his family and how he would pretty much do anything for them. His ¿pop¿ and him seem like they have an amazing relationship. In the book when David was having trouble, he talked to his ¿pop¿ a lot of the phone. A couple of days before the Twins sent him back to Triple A, his ¿pop¿ called him and said ¿Stay there, I¿ll be there in a couple of hours¿. His father flew all the way from the Dominican to the United States to give a little pep talk to his son and see him. I thought that was really nice, that¿s what I call a loving father, he flew all that way to talk to his son when he could just talk over the phone. One game when David Ortiz was on base, he was sliding into home plate and his right hand was under his body, he broke his wrist. He didn¿t know he broke it at first, it just ¿hurt really bad¿. When he was up to bat next, he fought threw the pain and just focused on hitting he hit a homer. I think that¿s incredible how he was in pain so much but he didn¿t care, he just wanted to play. He went to the doctors after he hit that homer, and he found out he had to get surgery. I also like the fact that Tony Massarotti writes separate chapters in the book about Papi from the perspective of people like Pedro, Torii Hunter, Theo Epstein and Terry Ryan. David talks about the secret of his success as being not just hard work, but patience. David was raised with a lot of love from his parents, and even though they divorced when he was a teenager he still got the support he needed to get him to where he is today. He talks of enduring the tragedy of the loss of his mother in a car accident in 2002, and how it changed him. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to any Red Sox fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2008
David Ortiz hits a home run with his well-put together and insightful book Big Papi. In his book he tells stories about his childhood and about how it was playing baseball in his home country of the Dominican Republic. Also he tells what its was like to play for the beloved Boston Red Sox. Big Papi is a book that shares the conformation of a man who was born and raised in a world completely different from the USA. Whether it is stories about how he interacts with people, or what he used to play baseball when he was a kid,this heartwarming tale is sure to score big with anyone who enjoys baseball. I would recommend this book to other readers because it shows how an athlete that is extremely famous still doesn¿t take things for granted. He tells how things are the same as they were as when he wasn¿t playing for the Red Sox.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2008
Big Papi's story of big dreams and big hits is a book for Red Sox and baseball fans from ages 15 and up because there is some language that might not be appropriate for younger children. The book explains Big Papi's background, where he comes from, and what it¿s like when he returns to the Dominican Republic in the off season. He talks about what it¿s like to live in Boston and how much he and his family enjoy it here. He talks about his plans for the next season and I believe his plans were well thought out and worked very well because the Red Sox won the World Series in 2007. He talks about his training plans his team mates the people in the front offices that figure out the trades and the payroll. He talks about his previous baseball experience and where he wants to go with the experience he has gained which is nowhere! I think all Red Sox and Big Papi fans will be happy to know that Papi is planning on retiring with the Red Sox. He talks about how much he has improved and who much more he wants to improve. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.