David Ortiz Bio
David Americo Ortiz Arias, popularly known as “Big Papi,” is the recently retired Boston Red Sox designated
hitter. A proud Dominican-American, Ortiz has an undisputed talent for hitting larger-than-life
home runs for the Sox. As a young boy, he had a special liking for the game, as his
father played baseball for years in Dominican pro and semi-pro leagues. Due to his
large physique, Ortiz was pushed into basketball in high school. But his love of baseball
earned him a contract with the Seattle Mariners, who then traded him to the Minnesota
Twins. He played for the Twins from 1997 to 2002, and the Red Sox from 2003 to 2016.
Ortiz is a 10-time All Star and three-time World Series Champion. He currently holds
the Boston Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, and is an all-time
leader in Major League Baseball history for home runs, RBIs and hits by a designated
Dan Roche Bio
Dan Roche is an award-winning sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News and myTV38 (WSBK-TV). A leader in Boston sports coverage for two decades, Roche won a New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Series for “Red Sox This Week.” He began his career at Curt Gowdy Broadcasting WCCM/WCGY radio in Lawrence, Mass.