Ten years ago today, the Red Sox made one of the greatest and most important signings in franchise history.
On January 22, 2003, David Ortiz signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Red Sox.
In six seasons with the Twins, Ortiz played only 455 games and hit just .266 with 58 home runs and 238 runs batted in.
However, Ortiz improved each year from 2000 to 2002, and he was good enough in 2002 for the Red Sox to sign the big lefty bat.
In his final year with the Twins, Ortiz hit .272 and slugged .500 with 32 doubles, 20 HRs and 75 RBI.
But, 2002 likely wasn’t the first year the Red Sox noticed the young Dominican. On September 7, 2000, Ortiz hit a first inning grand slam off Ramon Martinez against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was his third home run and 16th RBI against Boston that season.
When the Red Sox signed Ortiz, his role was to be a part-time designated hitter and first baseman.
However, the former Twin’s role played a major factor in ending the 86-year-old curse and bringing two World Series back to Boston.
The following slides celebrate "Big Papi's" 10 greatest moments since he signed with the Red Sox exactly 10 years ago.