Early in his minor
league career, David logged several games at third base.
In 1997, David
was named the Midwest League’s best defensive first baseman by
his first big-league hit—a double off Mark Pisciotta of the Chicago
Cubs—on September 3, 1997. His first homer came 11 days later
in Texas against Julio Santana.
David hit first
career grand slam in September of 2000 in Boston off Ramon Martinez—
a player he had rooted for as a teenager.
In July of 2003,
David became the first visiting player ever to have back-to-back multihomer
games at Yankee Stadium.
game-winning RBIs in 2003 ranked one behind Eric Chavez and Hideki Matsui
for the AL lead.
in the Home Run Derby during All-Star Weekend in 2004. Though he didn’t
win, David was recognized by champion Miguel Tejada for helping him
take the title. David served as Miguel’s personal cheerleader
and towel boy, wiping the sweat from his friend’s brow after each
In 2005, David
hit 43 home runs as a DH, setting a new record. He broke his own mark
the following season.
David was edged
in the 2005 AL MVP voting by Alex Rodriguez. Their seasons were equally
good, but David was left off the ballot entirely by two writers, who
believed that a DH should not be considered for the award.
David hit 32 road
homers in 2006 to tie Babe Ruth’s league record.
In 2006, David
became the first player to lead his league in homers, RBIs and walks
since Mike Schmidt in 1981.
In 2006, David
eclipsed Jimmie Foxx’s club record of 50 home runs. Number 51
came off former teammate Johan Santana.
David says Mike
Mussina has been the toughest pitcher for him to hit.
David raised his
home run total in each of his first seven seasons.
hit was a homer off of Kansas City’s Jimmy Gobble.
David is great
friends with Corey Koskie, who loves to play practical jokes on him.
Once in Minnesota, Koskie smeared peanut butter on the inside of David’s
underwear. David didn’t realize it until he pulled them on. The
first time the Twins faced the Red Sox in spring training after David
signed with Boston, Koskie engineered another great prank, replacing
David’s clothes in his locker with an orange prison jumpsuit.
David is married
and has three children. His wife’s name is Tiffany. His kids are
Yessica, Alexandra and D’Angelo—D for David and Angelo for
his mother, Angela.