Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
On Sale: May 16, 2017
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Non-Fiction Sports | Non-Fiction Memoir
An entertaining, unfiltered memoir by one of the gameâ€™s
greatest, most clutch sluggers and beloved personalities
David â€śBig Papiâ€ť Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the
most popular figures ever to play the game. As a key part
of the Boston Red Sox for 14 years, David has helped the
team win 3 World Series, bringing back a storied franchise
from â€śnever winsâ€ť to â€śalways wins.â€ť He helped them upend the
doubts, the naysayers, the nonbelievers and captured the
imagination of millions of fans along the way, as he
launched balls into the stands again, and again, and again.
He made Boston and the Red Sox his home, his place of work,
and his legacy. As he put it: This is our f*ing city.
Now, looking back at the end of his legendary career, Ortiz
opens up fully for the first time about his last two decades
in the game. Unhindered by political correctness, Ortiz
talks colorfully about his journey, from his poor upbringing
in the Dominican Republic to when the expansion Florida
Marlins passed up a chance to sign him due to what was
essentially tennis elbow. He recalls his days in Peoria,
Arizona, his first time in the United States; tense
exchanges with Twins manager Tom Kelly in Minnesota; and his
arrival in Boston. Readers go behind the scenes for the many
milestones of his Red Sox careerâ€” from the huge
disappointment of the Red Sox losing to the Yankees in 2003,
ending the curse in 2004 with the infamous â€śband of idiots,"
including his extraordinary clutch hitting to overcome a 3-0
series deficit against the Yankees, to earning a second
title in 2007 and a third in 2013.
Along the way, he was tainted by the infamous banned
substances list in 2009; he used his passion and place to
fortify a city devastated by the Boston Marathon bombings;
and he dominated pitchers right up through his retirement
season at age 40. Papi, as he became so affectionately
called, gave his fans big hits when they needed them most.
He was an even bigger presence: He was a champion who
rallied a team, a city, and a sport in a way that no one
will ever forget.
In Papi, his ultimate memoir, Ortiz opens up as never before
about his life in baseball and about the problems he sees in
Major League Baseball, about former teammates, opponents,
coaches, and executives, and about the weight of expectation
whenever he stepped up to the plate. The result is a
revelatory, fly-on-the wall story of a career by a player
with a lot to say at the end of his time in the game, a game
to which he gave so much and which gave so much to him.
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