DH – David Ortiz
‘Big Papi’ is considered one of the greatest Red Sox players to ever play the game of baseball. Ortiz is talked about in the same conversations as the great Ted Williams when comparing Red Sox greats.
Ortiz changed the DH position as he dominated teams from that spot for years. The superstar won all three of Boston’s World Series titles in this century, picking up the ALCS MVP in 2004 and the World Series MVP in 2013.
Ortiz’s role in Boston was far more than a baseball star. Along with his momentous moments on the diamond, which included the 2004 ALDS Game 4 home run against the Yankees that changed the fate of the Red Sox franchise, Ortiz has been a huge figure in the community of Boston. His speech after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was one of the most iconic in the history of sports. This inspired so many, the Red Sox included, and was a large factor in going on to secure the eighth World Championship in franchise history.
His number has recently joined the likes of Williams, Pedro Martinez and Bobby Doerr in the class of retired numbers by the Red Sox organization, which is an honor like no other.