If there is a man who fits the profile of a legend of the Boston Red Sox, it is surely David Ortiz. We will not focus only on his playing career as distinguished as that was, instead, we’ll dig deep into other areas of his illustrious life.
Dave was Born on November 18, 1975, in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic to Enrique Leo Ortiz and Angela Rosa Arias. His full names are; David Americo Ortiz Arias. He was born a Dominican and thus holds citizenship to that country but he is also an American citizen as a result of living in the States for an extended period while playing baseball.
Baseball is the game that has brought David Ortiz into the limelight but make no mistake, it did not happen overnight as he began in his early years, often trained by his father. His father, Enrique had played in the Dominican Pro and Semi-Pro Leagues for a few years and was able to transfer much of his knowledge and experience to young David. When it was time to go to college, Ortiz attended the Estudia Espaillat High School in the Dominican Republic. During his time in high school, he became a standout player while playing in the school’s varsity baseball and basketball teams.
In an impressive career that spanned well over two decades, David Ortiz amassed 541 home runs and a 286 batting average. He won the World Series three times and won the Silver Slugger, an impressive seven times. Ortiz was voted the Most Valuable Player in the 2013 World Series. In 2017, in honour of David Ortiz, the jersey No. 34 was retired by the Boston Red Sox.
David Ortiz has been lucky enough to enjoy a fun-filled and accolade-laden career in MLB. On the other hand, his family has not been all plain sailing since he was a kid. Ortiz has had to deal with ups and downs along the way. He was born the eldest of four siblings and during his formative years, baseball was a big deal in the family.
His childhood heroes were the Martinez brothers, Ramon and Pedro, local boys who had gone to the major leagues and done well. But one hero David cannot deny his contribution was his father, Enrique nicknamed Leo. He had to give up his dream of being a baseball player when David was born. Though he and his wife later got divorced, he still found a way of raising his kids together as their first child David Ortiz would always remember.
David got married to his wife, Tiffany Brick whom he met in Wisconsin while he played in the Seattle Minor League. They tied the knot in a private ceremony on November 16, 2002, and have been happily married since. Their time together as a couple has been blessed with three lovely children, two girls, Jessica and Alex and a son, D’Angelo. As earlier intimated, his marriage has not been anything close to an easy ride.
The couple had their most challenging moment when in April 2013, they decided on an official separation. Ortiz remarked that sometimes beautiful things work for a while and then it stops to work. It seemed however that the love and care they shared as a couple, as well as the children they had together, was able to suffice as they reconciled and got back together in June 2014. Now they have been living together happily with no threats of separation.
Minnesota Twins Career
Ortiz began his career at the Seattle Mariners on November 28, 1992. After four years with the team, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins. He made his MLB debut for the Twins on September 2, 1997, and played with them up until December 2002. It is safe to say that the split between Ortiz and the Twins was far from pleasant as recorded over the years. He felt that they had not done right by releasing him just after his wedding. He also had issues with how his Twins team manager at the time, Tom Kelly chose to steer the team.
David Ortiz Height, Weight
David Ortiz is a formidable figure to behold and his body measurements support that stance. He stands at an impressive 6 feet 3 inches in height and weighs 228.8 lbs. He was fondly nicknamed, Big Papi.