Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was one of baseball's most beloved sluggers during his heyday, mashing 541 home runs across his illustrious career.
The 46-year-old former MLB player, and recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, enjoyed a sensational run in the big leagues, spending time with the Minnesota Twins and Red Sox before officially retiring from the game in 2016 after 20 emphatic seasons.
"Big Papi" has since taken his talents to the broadcast booth, now working as a guest MLB studio analyst for Fox Sports, and the 10-time All-Star has a massive bank account to show for it.
Big Papi Goes from MLB Dud to Hall of Fame Stud
David Ortiz was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners back in 1992 before being traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1996. The first baseman officially debuted for the Twins in 1997 and he spent six years in Minnesota before joining the Red Sox in free agency in 2003, where he would play for the rest of his Major League Baseball career.
As a member of the Red Sox, the Dominican-American slugger blossomed into one of the best-designated hitters and the greatest clutch-hitter the American League has ever seen.
Across 14 seasons in Boston, "Big Papi" crushed 483 home runs, drove in 1,530 RBIs and collected more than 2,000 hits. He was also a postseason hero. Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star, won three World Series championships and a World Series MVP in 2013.
Ortiz also played a pivotal role in helping the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004, earning ALCS MVP honors along the way for his performance in the renowned seven-game series against the New York Yankees.
Without Big Papi the Red Sox World Series run of the last two decades simply wouldn't exist. With late-game heroics in Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS, Ortiz propelled the Red Sox past the Yankees and into the World Series. That's quite the feat, especially when considering that Ortiz was only meant to come to Boston as a matchup-based offensive weapon. Instead, Ortiz made fellow Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez even more dangerous. The Red Sox finally had an offensive lineup that could best the one in the Bronx.
The future Hall of Famer out of the Dominican Republic quickly became one of the most beloved figures in the history of the Boston Red Sox, never hitting fewer than 23 home runs in a single season with the team.
Getting Paid to Play the Game He Loves
Ortiz didn't start hauling in the big bucks until he moved to Massachusetts. Papi never earned more than $1 million in a season during his six-year stint in Minnesota.
In Boston, however, the slugger amassed a fortune, raking in $155,662,500 in salary throughout his 14 years with the club, according to Spotrac.
Ortiz's largest contract extension was the deal he signed with the Boston Red Sox to keep him in town from 2008-2011 which saw him pocket $52 million, an average of $13 million per year.
Big Papi's Big Endorsements
With the amount of popularity Ortiz enjoyed throughout his career, it comes as no surprise Fenway Park's favorite slugger was a hot target for endorsement deals.
"Big Papi" had endorsement deals with some big-name brands, including MasterCard, JetBlue, Coca-Cola, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin' Donuts, New Balance and Marucci. He's also enabled his name and likeness to be used on a charity wine label, Vintage Papi.
According to Forbes, Ortiz was bringing in an additional $6 million through his endorsement deals as late into his career as 2016.
David Ortiz's Net Worth in 2022
After 20 years in the bigs, multiple major endorsements and his foray into commentary, it's certainly not a surprise that David Ortiz made a boatload of money throughout his career.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ortiz boasts an estimated net worth of $55 million in 2021.
David Ortiz's Wife Tiffany & Personal Life
David Américo Ortiz Arias was born in 1975 and raised in the Dominican Republic. He was raised by his mother Angela Rosa Arias, who tragically passed away in a car accident in 2002, and his father Enrique Ortiz.
He went to Estudia Espaillat High School in the D.R., where he first impressed the Seattle Mariners en route to becoming a professional baseball player.
Ortiz was married to his wife, Tiffany Ortiz, since 2002. But the couple announced in 2021 they would be splitting up and remaining friends and co-parents. While Tiffany stays out of the spotlight for the most part, she was heavily involved in the David Ortiz Children's Fund and other charity work throughout his career.
Tiffany is from Wisconsin, but the two most recently resides in Miami, Florida. Tiffany and David have two children together: Alexandra and D'Angelo. Ortiz also has another child from a previous relationship, a daughter named Jessica.
The three-time World Series champion's post-baseball life has been far from standard. He signed a multi-year contract with FOX to become a guest MLB studio analysis in 2018.
In 2019, Ortiz endured an infamous health scare after being shot and severely wounded while at a Santo Domingo bar, the Dial Bar and Lounge in the Dominican Republic. After several weeks in the hospital, Ortiz was back on the road to recovery.
Now 46 years old, Ortiz has certainly overcome some challenges in his post-baseball life, but he's killing it in retirement and continues to build upon his already impressive net worth.
The former MLB player has created his own wine label, Arias Wine, in honor of his late mother and is involved in various other ventures as well.
Hall of Fame Legacy in Beantown
While all of this paints a crystal clear picture of the accomplishments of David Ortiz since arriving at the MLB level, it's important to understand his significance to the city of Boston as a public figure. Boston, and all of New England really, is known for making legends out of their sports heroes. Tom Brady, Bobby Orr, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Patrice Bergeron, Larry Bird and Paul Pierce, can all attest that they've never bought a drink in Boston. But Ortiz took things to the next level.
When the city of Boston needed him, Big Papi was there. In 2004, it was his walk-off home run that kept the Red Sox alive. In 2013, against the Detroit Tigers, it was the same story almost a decade later. But perhaps Big Papi's most important moment in Boston sports history came earlier in 2013 when he took the field after the Boston Marathon Bombing rocked the city.
Talking to a packed Fenway Park crowd, Ortiz drew their focus to the particular jerseys the Red Sox were wearing. "This jersey that we wear today
It doesn't say Red Sox, it says Boston." The crowd erupts in a show of support for the city, and its police officers who kept them safe over the last few days of turmoil. But what Ortiz said next immortalized him in Boston History, so much so that he may have even eclipsed Paul Revere.
"This is our f***ing city, and nobody gonna dictate our freedom."
The F-Bomb earned Ortiz a fine, even if the FCC Chairman disagreed with the sentiment of that decision, but it helped Boston heal. While his home runs may have given Boston three World Series rings during his time in Boston, it was this moment that David Ortiz gave Boston something to believe in, something to hold onto and something to be proud of.
And for that, the city of Boston will be forever grateful to David "Big Papi" Ortiz.
This post was originally published on October 20, 2020.
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