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Big Papi: Man Of The People, Boston Icon, Started Slowly But What A Finish

Big Papi: Man Of The People, Boston Icon, Started Slowly But What A Finish

In the winter between the 2002 and 2003 baseball season, the name appeared twice amid the stream of transactions.

On Dec. 16, 2002, the Minnesota Twins released first baseman David Ortiz to make room on their roster for now forgotten infielder named Jose Morban. On Jan. 22, 2003, the Boston Red Sox signed Ortiz to a one-year, $1.25 million contract after spending a month looking for an inexpensive bat to replace the forgettable Brian Daubach.

The 27-year-old Ortiz was brought to Boston to compete for at-bats with the likes of Jeremy Giambi, Shea Hillenbrand and Kevin Millar. He was chosen over such players as Brad Fullmer and Lee Stevens.

Expectations weren't...

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