‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz is basking in the spotlight after helping turn around the Boston Red Sox perfomance this season and achieving a World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1 on Game 6.
This is the team’s third World Series championship in 10 seasons.
Even more significant – especially after April’s Boston Marathon bombing – this was the team’s first World Series victory at their beloved Fenway Park since 1918.
When it was over, Ortiz addressed how important this win was to a city which had lived through such a traumatic event.
“This is for you, Boston. You guys deserve it,” said the Dominican player, who was named this year’s Most Valuable Player. “We’ve been through a lot this year and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled.”
Last April right as the Boston Marathon was coming to an end, three people were killed and more than 260 were wounded in bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon. Shortly after the bombing, Ortiz said these infamous words:
“This is our f–king city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom,” garnering the cheers and support from baseball fans as well as city residents.
Speaking to reporters after the win last night, Ortiz said that this season, his team focused on the basics. “We just played baseball,” he said.
In his book “Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits” Ortiz said baseball became his passion when he was a kid in the Dominican Republic.
NBC News’ Joe Posnanksi reported that in his book, Ortiz wrote “that he would use whatever was necessary to play. He would sometimes steal the heads off his sister’s dolls and use them as baseballs. He and the other kids would sometimes throw bottle tops they had found in the dirt and try to hit them with broomsticks. Ortiz would insist that swinging at those spinning tops taught him how to hit the curve.”
Though he went through some tough times professionally a few years back, Ortiz is now at the top of his game – and enjoying every minute.