David Ortiz stuns the crowd during his HOF speech
Ricky Gray | July 25, 2022
The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted seven members during Sunday's ceremony.
Although seven members in total were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, David Ortiz stole the show with his speech.
Ortiz started it off with “Wow! Cooperstown!” to the crowd seated around the Clark Sports Complex. The gathering was heavily flavored with Red Sox gear sporting Ortiz's No. 34 and the several Dominican Republic flags.
Ortiz is the first career designated hitter to be selected on his first ballot. He also became the fourth Dominican-born player to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, joining Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and Juan Marichal.
Ortiz thanked America but then offered this invitation: “To all of my American friends, consider this as an open invitation to visit my island. The Dominican Republic has a special flavor. We have a lot of good and happy people, beautiful beaches where you guys can go when you guys are freezing here.”
In his twenty MLB seasons, Ortiz hit 541 homers and finished in the top five of AL MVP balloting five straight seasons over a period ending in 2007.
In 2013, Ortiz earned the title of MVP of the World Series against St. Louis, going 11-for-16 at the plate with eight walks over six games.
In 2016, his final season, Ortiz put together a campaign featuring 38 homers with a league-leading 127 RBIs.
Ortiz added: “This is a such incredible day. An incredible honor.”
Not only was Ortiz living up to his “Big Papi” nickname on the field but off the field as well. He was regarded as one of the leaders in the Red Sox dugout and his personality was on full display Sunday.
Although his career in baseball is over, Ortiz continues to delight fans with his larger-than-life personality and winning attitude.