Friday, March 9, 2012
David Ortiz -- Foreshadowing The Exhuberance
Before the Big Papi legend was born in Boston, David Ortiz was known as David Arias when signed by the Mariners in 1992 and wanted to be known as David Ortiz when he was traded to the Twins. He played for the Twins from 1997-02.
Ortiz signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in early 2003 and was a major reason why the Sox won World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Ortiz also hit 54 home runs in 2006 and has 378 homers entering this season.
The facial expression by Big Papi in this 1999 Upper Deck MVP card offers a glimpse at the colorful personality that would shine for the Red Sox in future years.