February 8, 2023

4. The Final Season

This 2016 season was supposed to be a swan song. A year where Ortiz visits various ball parks around the league to say farewell and receive retirement gifts from opposing teams. Yet, it’s been anything but, Ortiz has had a career year swatting 37 home runs, 124 RBIs, a .641 slugging percentage. Numbers which a 40-year old player in the twilight of his career isn’t supposed to put up. Numbers which have kept the Boston Red Sox at the top of the division for the year and headed into the playoffs. Ortiz has been both the leader of the team on and off the field.

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