Ortiz, who made his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins in September 1997 and inked a free agent contract with the Red Sox in January 2003, became only the 49th player to ever hit 400 homers.
“My phone is still blowing up,” said Ortiz, 36, a Dominican-American who has amassed the most dingers and RBI (1,142) all-time by a DH. “I know at some point in my career when I’m not playing baseball I might look at it from the outside and be like, `Whoa, I guess I had a good career.’ I look at it right now as just another home run.”
Unfortunately for “Big Papi,” an eight-time All-Star and 2004 ALCS Most Valuable Player, his “good career” is the direct result of cheating.
In July 2009, Ortiz, along with former jackass teammate Manny Ramirez, was publicly revealed by The New York Times to be a member of approximately100 ballplayers that tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
The Sporting News Designated Hitter of the Decade pathetically feigned ignorance and claimed he was merely taking “vitamins.”
From a statistical standpoint, the obese Ortiz, who Sports Illustrated named to its MLB All-Decade Team in 2009, is clearly one of the better sluggers in the history of the sport of baseball.
Sadly, sports figures across the board have long deceived and lied to the public and “Big Papi” was proved to be nothing more than a gapped tooth charlatan.
Like Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and the rest of the clown pockets from the Steroid Era, “the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox” does not deserve a future ticket to the Village of Cooperstown.
For illegally “blowing up,” David Ortiz must be forever banned from even visiting the charming towns of Otsego and Middlefield.by