David Ortiz is a big man. He stands 6’4" and weighs 230. Some of his weight looks like it is in his stomach but this guy has gigantic forearms and biceps. He was listed as 6’4" and 230 while on the Twins, but no one knows for sure what his weight is now because a lot of athletes don’t reveal their real height and weight.
Before the Red Sox won championships, my father would always tell me that the Yankees dropped the ball on David Ortiz. My father, who is THE Yankee fan, would shake his head in disgust and wished the Yankees would have signed Ortiz especially since he was a Yankee killer.
When the Red Sox started winning World Series titles, it became widely accepted that the Yankees missed out on signing David Ortiz.
It seemed that every time he came up in a big spot against the Yankees, he would hit a home run.
He was so clutch against the Yankees that my whole family disliked him. Every time up, some one in my family would say, “Oh no, looks who’s up. Please don’t pitch to him.”
David Ortiz started his career with the Minnesota Twins and would be released nine days before Christmas in 2002. The Red Sox signed him a month later as a free agent but he wasn’t in high demand.
How could he be in high demand? The most home runs he hit with the Twins was 20 so he was more a fringe player that the Red Sox acquired. He was going to back up Jeremy Giambi as the DH/First Baseman.
He started his career at the age of 21 with the Twins and would hit, 1, 0, 9, 10, 18 and 20 in consecutive years. His only full seasons were at the age of 24 and 26, where he would hit 10 and 20 home runs respectively.
This is not a power hitter you want on your ball club, especially since most power hitters in 2002 were hitting 57, 52, 49 and 46 home runs.
Then, all of a sudden, after playing his first year with the Red Sox in 2003, he hits 31 home runs. That’s a big jump from 20 in the previous year. Then, in 2004, he hits 41 home runs. 47 in 2005 and 54 in 2006.
What was the reason for David Ortiz not having many home runs on the Twins and then all of a sudden hitting a lot of bombs on the Red Sox?
Was he a late bloomer like Red Sox fans would make you believe? Did he not train properly when on the Twins? Was he at the age where he’s supposed to turn into a great hitter?
Umm, steroids? Hello?
If you look at the beggining of his career from when he was with the Twins and then when he went to the Red Sox, you could see the big difference in size and muscle mass.
Even if you are a Red Sox fan, you have to admit, his career looks suspicious from a statistic point of view at the very least. After all, this is the steroid era.
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