Legends On Deck

Will Ortiz Enter Retirement With A Title?

Photo by: Gabe Rodriguez

Entering the 2016 season, there is just one thing on the minds of the Red Sox nation, and that’s to send David Ortiz off with a Championship.  Well that is also on the mind of Ortiz himself as he has stated a few times so far in spring camp.

Ortiz spoke with the media on Tuesday at the Red Sox camp. “I’m still hungry. I was going at it this off-season just to come in and have another good season. And I’m going to be pushing my teammates the best I can, as best as possible, and as far as I know, see if we can accomplish what we are looking for.”

Ortiz has been in the majors since 1997 when he made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins.  He remained with the Twins until 2003, and that’s when he joined the Red Sox as a free agent and his career took off.

In a Boston uniform spanning 13 seasons, Big Papi has amassed 476 doubles, 445 home runs, 1403 RBI’s, and a career .288 batting average. He is also a nine-time all-star and finished in the top 10 for league MVP five times.

What Ortiz probably will remember most is being part of the 2004 team that finally broke the dismal losing streak by winning Boston’s first World Series in 86 years. He also helped lead the organization to two more titles in 2007 and 2013.

So going out on top would be a great feat, but this future Hall of Famer understands what it takes to win again, “The team that wins the World Series in today’s day especially is not the one that has nothing but superstars. It’s the one that has a good balance, a little bit of everything, guys that come in and out and give you something so you can walk home with a W,” Ortiz tells the media.

It would be a great ending to an amazing career, but the Red Sox will have to rely heavily on a roster that finished last in 2015 and six games under .500.

To try to turn their 2015 failures around Boston landed closer Craig Kimbrel in a trade with the San Diego Padres and signed free agent lefty pitcher David Price during the off-season. They also added outfielder Chris Young to the mix.

Price will turn into the Red Sox Ace and hopefully he can turn around his mis-fortunes in the postseason and lead Boston to their fourth title in the last 12 years.

But no matter how the season ends, David Ortiz will enter retirement as one of the most prolific hitters in the game. A Legend for sure.

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