Papi
An entertaining, unfiltered memoir by one of the game’s greatest, most clutch sluggers and beloved personalities David “Big Papi” Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the most popular figures ever to play the game.  As a key part of the Boston Red Sox for 14 years, David has helped the team win 3 World Series, bringing back a storied franchise from “never wins” to “always wins.” He helped them upend the doubts, the naysayers, the nonbelievers and captured the imagination of millions of fans along the way, as he launched balls into the stands again, and again, and again.  He made Boston and the Red Sox his home, his place of work, and his legacy. As he put it: This is our f*ing city.  Now, looking back at the end of his legendary career, Ortiz opens up fully for the first time about his last two decades in the game. Unhindered by political correctness, Ortiz talks colorfully about his journey, from his poor upbringing in the Dominican Republic to when the expansion Florida Marlins passed up a chance to sign him due to what was essentially tennis elbow. He recalls his days in Peoria, Arizona, his first time in the United States; tense exchanges with Twins manager Tom Kelly in Minnesota; and his arrival in Boston. Readers go behind the scenes for the many milestones of his Red Sox career— from the huge disappointment of the Red Sox losing to the Yankees in 2003, ending the curse in 2004 with the infamous “band of idiots," including his extraordinary clutch hitting to overcome a 3-0 series deficit against the Yankees, to earning a second title in 2007 and a third in 2013.  Along the way, he was tainted by the infamous banned substances list in 2009; he used his passion and place to fortify a city devastated by the Boston Marathon bombings; and he dominated pitchers right up through his retirement season at age 40.  Papi, as he became so affectionately called, gave his fans big hits when they needed them most. He was an even bigger presence:  He was a champion who rallied a team, a city, and a sport in a way that no one will ever forget.                                                                                                                                               In Papi, his ultimate memoir, Ortiz opens up as never before about his life in baseball and about the problems he sees in Major League Baseball, about former teammates, opponents, coaches, and executives, and about the weight of expectation whenever he stepped up to the plate. The result is a revelatory, fly-on-the wall story of a career by a player with a lot to say at the end of his time in the game, a game to which he gave so much and which gave so much to him.

Papi Details

TitlePapi
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 16th, 2017
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN0544814614
ISBN-139780544814615
Number of pages272 pages
Rating
GenreSports, Baseball, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Sports and Games

Papi Review

  • Ken
    May 20, 2017
    ExcellentWe all know the player David Ortiz. He's great no question I was amazed to learn about the man, his dedication to his teammates, the fans, and the city of Boston. I've been a fan of the Red Sox my whole life but I've always appreciated great players regardless of the teams they played for "big papi" is one of those greats. The book is a excellent insight to what Ortiz went through as a player and man
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  • Mike
    May 21, 2017
    Whether or not you're a Red Sox fan like I am, you have to recognize that David "Big Papi" Ortiz put together a career body of work and pure heart that made him one of the most iconic ballplayers of his era. This memoir is filled with bombs; f-bombs, homers, and pure honesty, from a player who left his mark on the game and who left at the top of his game for his position. I am proud and inspired to be his fan, and I loved reading this book.
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  • Courtney
    May 23, 2017
    The nostalgia had me in tears several times. Loved the honesty and true feeling throughout the book. Had to give five stars to honor such a true, passionate Bostonian who brought nothing but light and laughter to the best place on earth.
  • Shel Stephen
    May 25, 2017
    Loved it! Loved the rawness and his candid stories. No big revelations if you have followed his career, but a good read!
  • Ashley
    May 18, 2017
    I always love reading these kinds of books. I loved Ortiz's first book, and I loved this one just as much. Papi: My Story is an honest, personal, no filter book about his early career and last few seasons in Boston. In this book, Ortiz doesn't hold anything back and offers glimpses into his life outside of baseball. He goes into detail about how he felt during and after the 2012 season, talks about his relationship with Bobby Valentine, how he felt winning the World Series in 2013 and the infamo I always love reading these kinds of books. I loved Ortiz's first book, and I loved this one just as much. Papi: My Story is an honest, personal, no filter book about his early career and last few seasons in Boston. In this book, Ortiz doesn't hold anything back and offers glimpses into his life outside of baseball. He goes into detail about how he felt during and after the 2012 season, talks about his relationship with Bobby Valentine, how he felt winning the World Series in 2013 and the infamous "This is our f****** city" speech. Papi: My Story is the perfect book if you want to know more about David Ortiz the person and not just David Ortiz the baseball player.
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