There's no denying the impact that Ortiz has had on the game of baseball. In what could be called the finest statistical performance of any player in the final year of his career, Ortiz hit .315, hit 38 home runs, drove in a league-leading 127 runs and made an All-Star appearance. Add that to his highlight reel of awe-inspiring, moonshot home runs when the game meant the most and you get one of the most clutch performers of all-time.
He broke the Curse of the Bambino, and added two more World Series championships to his belt, and lifted the city of Boston on his back countless times. Perhaps no time was more powerful than in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
Ortiz has persevered through PED allegations and maintained his status as one of the most beloved figures in all of baseball. His 541 home runs as a DH put him in serious conversation for a Hall of Fame nod.
Thank you, Papi.