BOSTON, Mass. – Former Hitter David Ortiz will “forever” be with the Boston Red Sox after the team announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon.
Big Papi, the Red Sox’ legendary batter, signed up with the team once again. This time, he will be a part of the management.
John Henry, the owner of the franchise, stated that David Ortiz is now part of the Red Sox family. He will mentor the players, help improve business development, and make special appearances for the Fenway Sports Management.
Tom Werner, the team’s chairperson, added that this is the first time that Red Sox has created a deal with special conditions, such as the length of time it would take effect.
In response, the Dominican-American baseball retiree reiterated how honored he is to become part of the organization; that he felt like he did not leave the team at all.
Boston Red Sox decided to retire number 34 to honor him during a ceremony in Fenway Park in June 2017. His number is the 11th to be retired by the popular baseball franchise.
Ortiz led the team to break its 86 years of championship curse in 2004. He helped the team bag two more championship trophies in 2007 and 2013.
Big Papi was “discovered” by Pedro Martinez, one of the team’s greatest players, in a lobster restaurant. Martinez believed that the team might have continuous champ drought if not for Ortiz.
The batter also played as the first baseman on certain occasions during his 20 years of stay with the team. He placed second in the team’s total home run scores, with 541 under his name. He recorded 1,768 RBIs and averaged at 0.286 in batting.
David Ortiz played his last game for the team during the last season at 40 years old. The team lost its spot in the American League division versus the Cleveland Indians during the third game.