Wednesday, June 18, 2008
David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball player with the Boston Red Sox. Previously, Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002).
Nicknamed "Big Papi" or "Señor Papi," Ortiz has played in four All-Star Games (2004-07) and holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, set during the 2006 season. Ortiz was an integral member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series
In 2007, Ortiz released a book about his life called Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits, written with Tony Massarotti.
On June 11, 2008, Ortiz became a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Big Papi became a U.S. citizen with 220 other immigrants from 57 countries at the ceremony.