“What happened to me should teach everybody that you should never give up on anybody.”

“I swing hard all the time. That’s what I’ve done my whole life—hit.”

“I come to play everyday.”

“I’m an easy person to get along with. Even when I struggle, I have the same attitude.”

“Through the years I’ve been getting better and better and better, and it’s what you learn though the seasons.”

“All I like to do is work every day and have an idea what I want to do.”

“I just love the feeling from the fans and when I’m walking on deck I can hear people screaming and wishing you the best. That puts you into the game more than anything.”

“Everybody has something to prove each year. Everybody has a responsibility in this game. Even the batboy.”

“I showed people that it’s not about guessing what people can do. It’s about saying, ‘Here, show me what you can do.’”

“You just have to go as far as you can go. Everyone works his way up.”

“I’m just trying to work hard every day, trying to be a better player and one day, to be right there with them, one of those special hitters.

“I’m very mechanical, so if I have one thing that’s going in the wrong direction when I’m hitting, it’s hard for me to get a hit.”

“I just try to put a good swing on the ball. That's about it.”

“Life is a challenge that you need. There's things in life that are going to throw you into the ground, but if you learn how to get up, that means you are not a quitter.”

“My parents always told me to stay away from trouble. When I moved away from them at a young age, I was fine because they taught me how to do everything right.”

“Some people think I'm mean, until they get to know me.”

 



David Ortiz,
2004 ESPN The Magazine

 

 


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David Ortiz, 1998 Tradition



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