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From A Young Dominican Pelotero To A Boston Red Sox Legend

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Boston Red Sox star David “Big Papi” Ortiz recently announced that he will retire after the 2016 Major League Baseball Season. The Dominican pelotero, who began his career in Minnesota but became a icon with the Red Sox, announced the decision on his 40th birthday. When he retires, Ortiz will complete his 20th MLB season.

In a video for The Player’s Tribune, Ortiz let fans know how he wanted to be remembered.

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“I would like people to remember me as a guy that was just part of the family. A guy that was trying to do the best, not only on the field, with everyone around him. Baseball is not just based on putting up numbers. This is our second family,” said Ortiz.

He’s got a point. There’s plenty of reasons why we’ll miss Big Papi, and they have nothing to do with stats or titles.

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Boston needed a pick-me-up, and Big Papi only needed a few words to do it.

There was the time he presented President Obama with a Red Sox jersey after they won the World Series… and then asked for a selfie.

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“Got ’em!”

There was also the time he went around hugging New Yorkers because he was tired of being booed by Yankees fans.

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At first he was met with skeptical looks but eventually, no one could resist Big Papi’s charm.

And who can forget when he was ejected from a game for racking up three hits… on an unsuspecting phone.

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Don’t worry, the phone survived.

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There was the time he showed off his fancy footwork…

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OK, more like booty work.

There was also the time he sang a duet (about iced coffee) with fellow New England sports star Rob Gronkowski.

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They both kept their day jobs.

And of course, his stops at first base were always entertaining.

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We’ll miss you, Big Papi.

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Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

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Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

To say, American gymnast, Simone Biles can’t practice her athletic art form under pressure is to completely misunderstand her strength. The 22-year-old from Colombus, Ohio, has already accomplished what many can’t even fathom. This week the Olympic gold medalist made history on the competitive mat just a couple of days after she confronted the USA Gymnastics for failing to protect her, and more than 150 women, from a sexual predator. 

On August 11, Simone Biles landed perfectly after doing a triple-double at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City. 

Let us break down what that actually means because it truly is a thing of beauty. Biles successful jumped into the air and completed two flips and three full twists and stuck the landing. She tried to do this exact move on Friday but failed on the landing. This time, however, Biles landed it amazingly. She’s the first woman to have ever completed this move. 

This move is no easy fete for the 4’8 gymnast. As someone on social media noted, Biles, at the peak of her jump, is close to 10 feet off the mat, which is two feet higher than the high jump world record. Insanity!!

On Friday, she also made history by pulling off a double-double dismount off the balance beam. 

That means she did two twists and two somersaults like its no one’s business. All of these historic firsts garnered Biles a record-tying sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. So who could possibly have the same title as Biles? No one in the past several decades, that’s for sure. In the 1940s and 1950s, American gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady also received the same honor of sixth all-around. 

After her historical landing, Biles was quite pleased with her performance. 

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“That feeling when you make history…. twice,” she said on Instagram. And this is all build-up to the main event. Biles, of course, is headed to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Olympics, where’s she’s naturally going to add on to her gold medals, but no pressure. (!!!)

Her incredible routine is quite impressive when you consider that the star athlete is competing for organizers who were enablers in her own sexual abuse.

Last year, a Michigan judge sentenced Dr. Larry Nassar, a physical therapist, 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than a hundred gymnasts some were as young as six years old. The abuse lasted for decades, and Biles was one of his victims. 

On August 7, Biles told reporters that it was the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and other institutions that assisted Nassar in his abuse by protecting him.

“You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” Biles said in her addressed statement to USA Gymnastics, according to CNN. ‘It’s hard coming here for an organization, having had them fail us so many times. We had one goal. We have done everything that they asked us for, even when we didn’t want to, and they couldn’t do one damn job.”

Despite Biles’ horrific abuse she endured, her moves on the mat show her incredible strength and dedication to the sport.

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The Texan native said she wasn’t sure if she’d succeed in those now-groundbreaking landings. She said, however, that she was striving for ultimate perfection, even if that meant failing the first time. Sounds like she’s a firm believer of the motto, “if at first, you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.” 

“I feel like I compete for perfection,” she told the Olympic Channel days before her competition, “so whenever I don’t do that, it really irritates me.” 

Biles also told the network that she doesn’t even think about her titles and records until someone brings it up to her in conversation. Talk about humble. If Biles doesn’t do the bragging, her friends and fans will do it for her. 

Several fans, including celebs, touted her magical moves on Twitter.

As for the future of gymnastics in the U.S., and their beloved athletes, Li Li Leung, the president, and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, told CNN, that understand they are to blame for their part in their abuse and are doing everything they can to change the culture of silence. 

“One of our goals is for our athletes to feel comfortable in speaking up and sharing their opinions, and we are listening to what they have to say,” Leung said. “We will continue to work hard to demonstrate to Simone and all of our athletes, members, community, and fans that we are working to foster a safe, positive and encouraging environment where athlete voices are heard.” 

Now on to the Olympics!

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Big Papi’s Fans Around The World Are Celebrating Now That The Baseball Legend Is Finally Out Of The Hospital

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Big Papi’s Fans Around The World Are Celebrating Now That The Baseball Legend Is Finally Out Of The Hospital

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Good news: Retired Boston Red Sex baseball star David Ortiz has been released from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after being there for over a month after being shot in the Dominican Republic on June 8.

The retired baseball star, also known as “Big Papi,” was released from the hospital yesterday and will continue his road to recovery at home.

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“We understand that David has been released from the hospital. The family will be issuing a statement on his condition this week,” a Red Fox representative said in an email according to Reuters.

In June, it was reported that the legendary Boston Red Sox star had been shot at a club in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz had been shot in the lower back and/or abdominal region and that he immediately underwent surgery at a local hospital.

Ortiz had suffered organ damage after a man shot him in the back. According to ESPN reports from June, a team of doctors conducted surgery to “remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well his gallbladder.”

After the first surgery, he Ortiz underwent two more surgeries after the gunshot wound had caused more complications.

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According to a family source, Ortiz will continue his rehabilitation at home after being released from a Boston hospital on Friday. He will be closely monitored by nurses around the clock and regularly be visited by his personal physician.

“He will continue to undergo all the treatment and rehabilitation necessary to recuperate from his recent procedures,” a family source told ESPN.

Ortiz is married to Tiffany Ortiz and has two daughters, Jessica and Alexandra. He also has a son D’Angelo Ortiz. His wife has also made public announcements since the shooting in the Dominican Republic happened and has updated fans and the rest of the public on his health conditions.

Back when the news initially broke that David Ortiz had been shot, baseball fans and supporters were shocked and heartbroken to hear that this could happen to someone like him.

Aside from fans, however, former team players and other well-known celebrities shared their support for the player.

Alex Rodriguez wished him the best, “anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for David Ortiz, Tiffany and their family.” The news of the shooting even got attention from former U.S. President Barack Obama who wished him a speedy recovery.

Fans on social media are sharing their happiness and support that David Ortiz is officially on his road to recovery and outside of the hospital.

Like fans are seriously freaking out. The outpouring off support is even bigger than the outpouring of grief and concern that came after news broke he had been shot. People are 100% behind Big Papi.

“Be well Papi!,” a woman on Twitter said, emphasizing on what a great guy the retired baseball star is.

Other fans on Twitter sang high praises about what Ortiz has done for his loved ones and his communities in Boston and the Dominican Republic.

“He’s a selfless man that does so much for [his communities],” they wrote. “I wish him well on his path to full recovery.”

Ortiz has started multiple youth baseball academies and has donated funds to create baseball fields in the Dominican Republic and give back to his community.

He’s also been involved in many fundraising efforts in Boston. Ortiz has started the David Ortiz Children’s fun that provides essential support for children in the DR and in New England to those in need.

“Last month, police said a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30,000 for the shooting of another man and that Ortiz had been an unintended target,” reports ESPN.  Dominican authorities concluded Ortiz was not the target of the attack but instead the shooters meant to kill somebody else–a friend of Ortiz’s, identified as Sixto David Fernandez.

According to Complex, Sixto’s cousin was involved and arrested in late June. But Sixto’s cousin, Victor Gómez, allegedly planned the hit on his cousin but Ortiz was caught in the crossfire instead. Gómez, however, has proclaimed his innocence and he even took to YouTube to say that he would “never do something like this.”

In total, police have arrested 14 people in the case and are still searching for others.

Ortiz, who’s best known for helping the Boston Red Sox win three World Series championships, retired in 2016. To this day, the retired star known as “Big Papi”  is still one of the best hitters in the game.

His expected recovery time and the extent of his injuries are reportedly unknown. The Boston Red Sox said on Saturday that there will be an update on his latest condition this following week.

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