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Today, we celebrate the birth of David Americo Ortiz Arias, better know around the world as “Big Papi.”  Papi is 44 years old today. He spent most of his pro baseball career as The Red Sox  designated hitter, and one of the teams most beloved players, if not THE most beloved. Can you even imagine this team without him? Would we have even won the World Series in 2004, 2007 or 2013 without him? Not a chance.

Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs, ranking 17th on MLB’s all-time home run list.  The big guy with the infectious smile is also the all-time leader in MLB history for home runs, among designated hitters. And honestly, was anyone ever more clutch?  Papi had 11 career  walk-off home runs during the regular season, and 2 during the postseason.

Not only has Big Papi been a superstar on the field, but he has become one of Boston’s most cherished citizens. From his charity work, to his bigger than life spirit, and sense of community. Who could ever forget his powerful words following the Boston Marathon bombing.

 

David Ortiz rallies the Boston crowd after Boston Marathon tragedy

4/20/13: David Ortiz gets the Boston crowd pumped up as the Red Sox return to Fenway for the first time since the Boston Marathon tragedy

In recent years, we’ve come to enjoy the big guy behind the desk at Fox Sports, as a studio analyst for MLB.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

While we wait for baseball season to return, we certainly can find our most adored #34 on social media, like we did just last week!

Sending birthday wishes to the big guy with the big personality, who always came through big time when we needed him. This is your F*#@&* city, Big Papi!

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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