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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312366337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312366339
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you hear something bad about David Ortiz, it's a lie." So says Ortiz's former teammate Torri Hunter, summing up the general consensus on Ortiz, one of baseball's most beloved superstars. With help from Boston Herald columnist Massarotti, Ortiz tells his tale: growing up poor in the Dominican Republic, struggling through the minor leagues in an unfamiliar country and ultimately finding success as a late-inning hero for the Boston Red Sox. Alternating between Massarotti's third-person summaries and Ortiz's first-person accounts, the book paints a portrait of Ortiz as confident and driven, despite the doubt of scouts and managers. Even though he relies on clichés ("Life is unpredictable, bro") and occasionally mismanages a sentence, Ortiz's voice is charming-even glowing-throughout. Ortiz's affability makes the book a quick read, but devoid of dirt or controversy; though he does air grievances toward the Minnesota Twins, who first changed his swing before releasing him, Oritz gives Twins general manager Terry Ryan space to explain his decisions. A good book by a good guy, this will please fans, but won't reveal much they don't already know.
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Big Papi brings us the life and thoughts of the greatest clutch hitter in memory.”---The Boston Globe

“The only thing more amazing than the Red Sox winning a World Series is Ortiz’s remarkable story.”---Publishers Weekly

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"Big Papi" is an interesting look at a talented baseball player.
drebbles
It seems like Ortiz wrote the book in a unique way--sometimes it's seemed like he was actually talking to you himself and not just describing his life.
S. skelly
Too much use of the word "Bro" for me, otherwise, the book was rather light but informative.
Seafayer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Paul on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have been a Red Sox and die-hard Boston sport fan since the mid 50's and have read many sports books especially on the local teams and personalities. Big Papi was a very fast reading and insightful story on major league and minor league baseball, the business and individual personal side, as well as the plight of the many foreign players bonding together in a strange land and the brotherhood that remains among them.

A completely different caring side of Pedro Martinez for his fellow countrymen was a interesting sidebar. Tony Massarotti from the Boston Herald does a excellent job in telling David Ortiz's story, a real gentle caring giant with much more than the "extraordinary ability to perform under pressure" and the leader that ended fifty years of misery for me. I wish my father and grandfathers were still alive to have enjoyed it. Thank you Papi.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scrooge on April 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You cant help but love Big Papi. This book is just further proof of Papi's triumphs on and off the field. He overcame a lot to get where he is today, and this book tells you the whole story. He is a unique individual that has given back to the community ten fold. Hes a great baseball player, but he's even a better human being.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Terry Gordon on April 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is not one of those typical celebrity books that goes on for pages about how great the author is. This is an amazing story about a man who overcame everything to get to where he is. It's got heartbreak, humor, great baseball stories and insight into who Big Papi really is. Truly an excellent, excellent book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Delzuki on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a combination of a narrative by David Ortiz and some background information by Tony Mazzaroti. Both aspects of the book are informative, especially the Mazzaroti part when he is explaining the rational the Twins used in releasing Ortiz. It has been mentioned in other reviews; the use of the words Bro' and Killin' get a bit weary, but it does feel as if you are having a conversation with Big Papi. The part of the book I really enjoyed is the insight as to how it is to grow up in the Dominican Republic and try to work your way through farm systems to the majors. I have always found the process of becoming an elite athlete fascinating and this book just reinforces most athletes do not "come from nowhere" and become superstars. They have to work hard, have some luck and hope for the best. It appears to have worked out for David Ortiz and he realizes just how lucky he is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2007
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Co-written with Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald, "Big Papi" is the autobiography of David Ortiz, all-star slugger for the Boston Red Sox. Written as if Ortiz was talking directly to the reader, the book covers Ortiz's childhood in the Dominican Republic, his career in the minor leagues, his time with the Minnesota Twins, and of course his career with the Boston Red Sox. The book covers some of his achievements such as leading the all-star balloting, breaking Jimmie Foxx's home run record, and of course the 2004 playoffs - beating the Yankees and going on to win the World Series. While most of the book is in Ortiz's voice, there are a few chapters written by others that discuss the role Pedro Martinez had in bringing Ortiz to Boston; his friendship with Torii Hunter; and how Theo Epstein was able to bring Ortiz to play for Boston.

"Big Papi" is an interesting look at a talented baseball player. Having the book read as if Ortiz is talking directly to the reader is a nice touch (although the constant use of the word "bro" got to me after a while). The book has many fascinating aspects starting with Ortiz's childhood in the Dominican Republic when he and his friends would use anything they could as baseballs (like the heads off their sisters' dolls). One of the most fascinating aspects of Ortiz's career is that Minnesota released him after they tried to trade him and no other team wanted him. Boston came off looking good by claiming him but it's interesting to read that even they had no idea how good he could be. Other interesting bits in the book include the fact that he likes to wear a bigger uniform because he likes it to be loose and how he trains in the off-season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Richardson on April 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book, Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits by Tony Massacotti. This book focuses on Big Papi and the pressures he faces being a major league baseball player. Another big deal with him is not letting his team down. Being a professional baseball player is really stressful. It is a very time-consuming job and it takes a lot out of you. Being a teammate is a big burden. He takes it very personally when he is in a slump. Likewise, he dose not want to let down his baseball -playing father. Big Papi plays a lot of roles in this book. He's a professional baseball player and a son. This book's storyline is what its like to be "Big Papi". For example, what it's like to be on the Red Sox and a ball player. One really big thing to him is how the fans view him. He loves the positive attitude from his fans and the attention.
I liked the book because I personally like Big Papi as an athlete and local personally. In addition, I found out many things about David Ortiz that I did not know. For example, the reason that Ortiz points to heaven after he hits a home run is out of respect to his beloved and departed mother, who he was very close to. Also, he is so dedicated to the sport that he even plays on the off season. Likewise, Big Papi wears a shirt that is many sizes too big just for comfort. I learned a lot from reading this book. I learned how important his team is to him and how important being on the team is to him. Another thing is I learned why his mother was so important to him because he was really close to her and she was very inspirational. The whole sport was also very important to him as were the fans too.
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