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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