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Ortiz, The Ultimate Teammate, Winner And Leader, Will Step Aside

Ortiz, The Ultimate Teammate, Winner And Leader, Will Step Aside

On his 40th birthday, on a website founded by an iconic New York Yankees captain, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz announced Wednesday that 2016 would be his final season of professional baseball.

There is something historic, dramatic, defiant and obscenely hilarious in the previous paragraph. Ask yourself this: Would Big Papi change any of those grand slam of adjectives?

Of course not.

Ortiz has brought championships to Boston. He has brought drama to baseball with a home run swing that could lift a city and buckle opposing pitchers. He has brought a Ruthian quality to American sport. His laugh is an undeniable belly laugh. His pout over an official scorer's call...

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