Papi: My Story

Papi: My Story

by David Ortiz, Michael Holley


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An entertaining, unfiltered memoir by one of the game’s greatest, most clutch sluggers and beloved personalities

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544814615
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 312,259
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DAVID ORTIZ is a nine-time major league All-Star and a three-time World Series champion, and was named American League MVP in 2004 and World Series MVP in 2013.

MICHAEL HOLLEY is the best-selling author of Patriot Reign and Red Sox Rule.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Desert 11

2 Tom Kelly and Me 19

3 Crossroads 29

4 Work, Wait, Play 43

5 Turning Point 51

8 The New Red Sox 61

7 The October of Ortiz 73

8 Parade Route and Out 87

9 Life After the Series 95

10 In and Out Red Sox 103

11 Coasting 113

12 Another Country 125

13 Accused 137

14 Written Off 149

15 Paper Tigers 159

16 Breaks and Rebellions 173

17 This Is Our F'in City 185

18 Ups, Downs, Silver Linings 207

19 The End and a New Beginning 223

Acknowledgments 239

Appendix: Career Statistics 243

Index 247

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