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Red Sox Retire Number 34 - David OrtizBy Tom Gilbert - Copyright © June 23, 2017
One of the greatest hitters to ever play the game of baseball, and certainly one of the all time great Boston Red Sox players, gets his number retired on this date at Fenway Park.
Ortiz was a feared slugger and has become something of a legend. He spent a good portion of his playing time just batting as a designated hitter for Boston. Occasionally he would play first base, but mainly he was used as a batter.
His knack for clutch hitting was legendary. He would often come up in crucial situations, with the game on the line, and deliver a big hit, many times winning the game. This was perhaps best illustrated in the American League Championship Series of 2004 when the Yankees, the longtime nemesis of the Red Sox, had them on the ropes, down three games to none, and Boston incredibly battled back to win four straight games. Big Papi was the hero multiple times in the series.
Boston went on to
win the World Series that year, breaking the reputed "Curse of the
Bambino" dating back to 1918. Many people believed that the
Red Sox were under a curse because their owner traded away Babe Ruth to
the Yankees that year. The curse felt real to lifelong Sox fans as
Boston got close a few times in the World Series, always eventually
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