Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has not just been one of the most dominate hitters in baseball, he has been the heart and soul of the Red Sox. The 38-year-old Ortiz hasn't shown any sign of slowing down as he led the team to their third World Series victory in which he was named World Series MVP. According to the Sporting News on Dec. 13, Ortiz, whose two-year, $26 million contract ends at the end of 2014, wants to play and remain in Boston longer.
At 38, Ortiz has been an ageless wonder. As he overcame an Achilles injury at the beginning of the season, the man known as Big Pap led the team hitting .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI. It was his leadership that will be most remembered, both on the field and during a time of tragedy in the city of Boston. Right after the Boston Marathon bombings, Ortiz addressed the crowd at Fenway with words of strength that not only made a city strong, but motivated a team that pulled together as believers.
Big Papi wants to continue to be that leader going into 2015 and maybe beyond. According to multiple reports, Ortiz's representatives are meeting with the Red Sox to make that happen.
Ortiz told ESPN Deportes:
"My lawyers are talking with the Red Sox to see if we can get another year, and we'll see what happens later. Maybe I'll play another year or two more years. I'm at a stage where I'll play depending on how I feel physically. Looking at (Robinson) Cano's ($240 million) deal and the rest of the boys that came only yesterday to the big leagues, signing those contracts, one says, 'that's why we're here.'"
And Red Sox fans couldn't imagine Big Papi anywhere else but in Boston, a place he calls "his city".