- About the Book
An entertaining, unfiltered memoir by one of the game's greatest, most clutch sluggers David "Big Papi" Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the most beloved figures ever to call Boston home. Now looking back at the end of his storied career, Ortiz opens up fully for the first time about his last two decades in the game. Unhindered by political correctness, Ortiz talks fearlessly and 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 career--the huge disappointment of losing to the Yankees in 2003, ending the curse in 2004 with the infamous "band of idiots," earning a second title in 2007, being named on the infamous banned substances list in 2009, gaining an ally in the FCC in 2013 by saying, "this is our f*ing city" after the devastating Boston Marathon bombing, all the way up to his last days in a Sox uniform. Ortiz also opens up as never before about the problems he sees in Major League Baseball, about former teammates, opponents, coaches, and executives, and about the weight of expectation whenever he steps up to the plate. The result is a revelatory book by a player with a lot to say at the twilight of his time in the game.