David Ortiz: Returning to Life as a Beloved Boston Figure After Near-Death Experience

David Ortiz thanking the fans of Boston prior to throwing the first pitch at a September 9, 2019 MLB series finale game

David Ortiz, an MLB All Star MVP, will live in the history books of baseball and in the hearts of the people of Boston for decades to come. When he was shot on June 9th 2019 and nearly died as a result, all baseball fans were shocked and concerned. When one Boston fan was asked about Ortiz’s impact on his life, he commented: “He is part of us. He helped us break the curse in 2004.” David Ortiz played with the Boston Red Sox for 14 seasons, which included 3 World Series championships. The first win came in 2004, and it was the Boston Red Sox’s first World Series win in 86 years.

After Ortiz was shot, he was rushed to a hospital in the Dominican Republic in critical condition, where he received an emergency surgery. The Boston Red Sox Association sent representatives to aid in his recovery. Ortiz was then flown home to Boston, where he was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital and later released in July. He spent six weeks on machines and while reflecting on this ordeal he stated: “You don’t know the value of it until you face the situation.”

As a celebrity in Boston, David Ortiz has spent much of this century being a staple in the culture of Boston. In 2013 following the horrific Boston marathon bombing, David Ortiz, affectionately known as Big Papi, stood as a symbol of hope. Former President Barack Obama said of this: “David Ortiz’s spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing.” David Ortiz has also been a charitable figure, and has visited many hospital patients during and after his career in baseball. After his time in the hospital, he understands the value of these visits and stated: “Now I understand how important that is for a patient.”

See Ortiz talk more about his recovery here:


Since the accident and recovery, David Ortiz has been welcomed back into his life as a star of Boston, starting with throwing the first pitch out at a Boston Red Sox v. New York Yankees game on September 9, 2019. He was welcomed onto the field with a rousing standing ovation and thanked the fans and players of Boston and beyond for their love and prayers.

Beyond his appearance when throwing the first pitch, Ortiz has appeared in commercials for Dunkin Donuts and recently appeared in a Boston-based Super Bowl ad for Hyundai. In his personal life, in August 2019, David Ortiz helped his middle child, daughter Alex, move into her dorm room at Berklee College of Music.

Ortiz with daughter Alex at Berklee College of Music

David Ortiz continues to be both a supportive father, loving husband, and adored figure of Boston. He does plan to return to his native country of the Dominican Republic, but with a much more cautious and careful attitude than ever before. His recovery continues, but he remains optimistic and courageous, something he has always been.

Foul Ball Injuries

In all major league sports, there is always a chance of fans getting injured. Recently, it seems that fan injuries at sporting events has spiked. My focus will be mainly on baseball fan injuries.

The main reason fans get hurt during sporting events is due to lack of attention, but also, I think there can be more safety precautions to help the issue. There doesn’t seem to be too much attention to the topic overall, but it definitely wouldn’t take much effort overall to evaluate the majority of injuries at games and find a way to stop them from happening.

“Just the way life is,” he said. “As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her. “Right now I’m just praying and I’m speechless. I’m at loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now and that’s all I really can control.”

Every year, about seventy three million tickets are sold in the MLB, out of all these people attending games, only about seventeen hundred and fifty people get seriously injured by a ball or bat going into foul play.

This means one in about every forty one thousand people get seriously injured from objects going into foul territory. This might not seem like a lot at first glance, but the average attendance for each mlb game is around thirty thousand. This shows that at almost every game, a fan gets seriously injured by an object flying into foul play.

One of the most memorable injuries in my opinion is when Almora Jr. hit a two year old girl and ended up fracturing her skull.

“Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. dropped to one knee during the fourth inning last May, hands over his face in horror. He had just watched a foul ball fly off his bat and strike a 2-year-old girl in the head, fracturing her skull.

The incident, every baseball hitter’s nightmare, was not a one-off. Last month, a fan was hit during a Chicago White Sox game and another during a Los Angeles Dodgers game.”

This topic seems broad at first, but I think if people focus on the issue of foul ball injuries, there can be adjustments and changes to help the overall safety of fans at baseball games.


The Life Of Joe DiMaggio

Giuseppe DiMaggio Jr. (Joe DiMaggio) was born November 24, 1914. The son of Italian immigrants, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Joe was a huge baseball fan from a young age, always finding time to play at the local park. Joe often played with a bat and rocks, or whatever he could find to hit the ball with. As Joe got older his love for baseball grew more and more everyday, and his love for school plumitted. DiMaggio attended Galileo High School, where he completely lost interest in school and began to work. He worked many jobs such as newspaper delivery, and working at a local orange juice plant. He then began to see his talent that he had in baseball, so he decided to pursue this instead. At just the age of seventeen DiMaggio signed his first contract to play in the minors.

Joe signed to play with the San Francisco Seals, a minor league baseball team. He signed a contract that paid him a whopping $250 a month to play for the team. Unlike most players when entering to play professionally, Joe did not have shy period when starting, in his rookie season of 1933, Joe got a hit in sixty-one games in a row. Which to this day is currently higher than his own world record of fifty-four consecutive games with a hit in the Major League Baseball. After signing with the New York Yankees, Joe never failed to impress. Joe had done so many things that were just never seen before. He held an unprecedented batting average of .406, something the league had never even come close to. He wanted to show the world what he was worth, and he did. But after only six years of playing professional baseball, Dimaggio felt obligated to sign into the US Military and fight for our country during the gruesome World War II. He became a very successful contributor during the war, becoming a fighter jet pilot, leading him into being a pilot instructor. He lead many successful fly-overs, but only one major fight during a flight where his plane was shot down, but Joe still came out alive. He fought in the war for three hard years, until 1946 when Joe decided he wanted to continue to play the game he loved. Joe did not have a good season when he returned but earned back his title the year after when he had a .315 batting average, leading him to earn his 3rd Most Valuable Player award.

Joe was a very non-spoken, tough hothead that lead him to many altercations throughout his years, but overcame his personality with his talents and his heart. He fought for our country during one of the deadliest wars in history. But he lead one of the most successful baseball career’s to ever be recorded, achieving records and titles that only most could wish for during a lifetime. A human, and baseball player that could never be forgotten, but only for history to remember.