As an athlete, David Ortiz was everything you could ever ask for: he was clutch. In the history of sports, there has never been crunch-time performer greater than Big Papi. There are other names that you could put in his class (Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Patrick Roy, Reggie Jackson) but nobody that you can say was better with the game on the line. The man had 23 career walk-off hits over a 20-year career. Three of them came in October of 2004 during arguably the most important postseason in Boston sports history. In the 2013 World Series, he hit .688 while the rest of the team hit a combined .169.
As a human being, David Ortiz is everything you could ask for and then some. He radiates positive energy everywhere he goes. His smile can and will light up whatever room he’s in. His compassion for others is unmatched. His leadership is so valuable that his younger teammates considered him a father figure. As impressive as his baseball stats are, they’re exceeded by the impact he’s had on New England and his home country of the Dominican Republic. Just google “David Ortiz charity” and you’ll see countless philanthropic efforts that have made him so much more than just the greatest clutch hitter of all-time.
Anyone who’s met Big Papi in person will tell you that everything you hear about him is real. He’s a genuine, caring human being who will make anyone feel like they’re the most important person in the world. Some scumbag tried to take this superhero from us but he failed miserably. Papi is back in Boston recovering like the champion he is. In the meantime, the outpouring of support showed just how important his life is to so many people:
— MLB (@MLB) June 10, 2019
"I don't have enough words to describe who @davidortiz is, what David means to baseball…"
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 11, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to David Ortiz and his family. A man that defines the city of Boston. 🙏🏼 Get better Big Papi.
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) June 10, 2019
Papi defines Boston Strong… get well soon my friend!!! pic.twitter.com/QFFJ4nvQnU
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 10, 2019
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I’m at peace knowing you out of danger… you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon ##### Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro… usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando por usted, nos vemos pronto
Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi. pic.twitter.com/9orpBgnVI5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 10, 2019
Utter shock. That was no robbery, that was a hit, and they better get to the bottom of it. Thank god no amount of evil or hate can overcome a heart that big. You got this @davidortiz, we love you bro!
— Jon Lester (@JLester34) June 10, 2019
Keep fighting @davidortiz!!! No coward can take down a super hero like you. Love you buddy!!! 🙏
— Kevin Youkilis (@GreekGodOfHops) June 10, 2019
Great to hear @davidortiz is stable and will make a full recovery. My heart sank when I heard the news. Prayers to him, Tiffany and the kids.
— Mike Lowell (@mikelowell25) June 10, 2019
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Papi the Millar family prays for strength and courage during this brutal attempt to cause harm to such a great man! A man that has never said no to an autograph or high five from a little boy or girl…. sorry for this buddy. Hugs to @tlortiz and kiddos! Stay strong brother @davidortiz 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Thoughts and prayers going out to @davidortiz… 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) June 10, 2019
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 10, 2019
That’s just a quick glimpse. Seriously. I could spend an entire day putting together noteworthy tweets and Instagram posts about Ortiz from the last couple days. Messing with one of the most loved human beings on planet earth was a big fucking mistake.
We hope the love is felt, Papi. We’ve been feeling yours for a long time now. Get well soon buddy.