"Did You See David Ortiz Tie Babe Ruth's Record?"
In his 2006 season David Ortiz not only equalled Babe Ruth's record for American League home runs hit in road games in a single season but also he became the first player in Red Sox history to hit more than 40 home runs for three consecutive seasons.
Born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on November 18 1975 David Ortiz has a son named D'Angelo after his mother, who died in a car crash, aged 46, in January 2002. He also has a tattoo of her on his biceps.
David Ortiz's career started fairly early as he was first signed by the Seattle Mariners in 1992 when he was only seventeen. He played for the Mariners for three seasons before being traded to Minnesota in 1996.
His Major League debut was on September 2 1997. The next few seasons were mixed for David Ortiz as he moved up and down the minor and major laegues.
In 2003 he signed with the Red Sox as a free agent and due to the poor performance of designated Hitter Jeremy Giambi, David Ortiz stepped into his shoes.
Then after Bill Mueller became full time at third base he became their full time designated hitter, fifth in the batting order and finished the season by coming fifth in the American League MVP vote.
In 2004, after 85 years of never having won any world championship, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.
During this season David Ortiz was also voted onto the All-Star team for the first, but not last, time.
In addition to hitting a walk off home run to win the American League Division Series he also hit a walk off home run against the New York Yankees.
He continued to hit well in the 2005 season and hit a new career record of 47 home runs, 43 as the designated hitter.
This total was second only to Alex Rodriguez, whom he also finished second to in the MVP votes. In addition to this he led the American League in RBI's with 148.
In the 2006 season David Ortiz again beat his career high of home runs raising it to 54 for a single season and it was also his season for walk offs as he hit more than any other team, five, and was only one off from hitting the most walk offs since the start of divisional play in 1969.
His score of 54 home runs also set a new team record for the Red Sox.
In August of 2006 the Red Sox became concerned about his health when he was twice taken to hospital with recurring symptoms. It was reported that he was told by doctors that this was caused by an irregular heartbeat and was otherwise fit and healthy.
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