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Big Papi: La Historia de Mis Anhelos y Mis Grandes Batazos

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  318 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
David Ortiz se crió en la República Dominicana, firmó su primer contrato de grandes ligass con los Marineros de Seattle y, más tarde, perdió su lugar con los Mellizos de Minnesota para pasar a esa ciudad donde el béisbol es locura, Boston. Considerado por muchos hasta ese punto como un talento de bajo rendimiento, Ortiz se convirtió en uno de los toleteros más temidos y ad ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2007)
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Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: al the fans of david ortiz
yo i love this book because is hot and i recomend this book to all the boston fans
Jim Patton
Ryan Smith
I personally thought the book was really good. Coming from a big sports fan and a baseball family is the reason as to why I decided to read this book. Also his story that he explains throughout the book amazes me. Going from the twins and being cut to being on the Red Sox and the struggles he had to go through. Another reason I like the book is because it's just like he's talking and not sounding like it was a book. Overall I think the book is really motivating for not only baseball players but ...more
Greg S.
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ortiz's story was quite the inspirational story and I find him ever more cool after reading this book. From his upraising in the Dominican to the big leagues and getting drafted by the Twins was something that you don't hear about every day. He didn't let his not-so-stellar upbringing drop his hopes of playing baseball in the big leagues. I loved reading this book because it was relatively easy to get into to being a big fan of Ortiz's plate presence. Looking at Big Papi's life story, it's not h ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his memoir David Ortiz describes his journey from the Dominican to the Red Sox, how he went to Florida got sent back to the dominican then got drafted by the Twins. He explains how he stayed with them but they basically asked him to limit how he hits. By only doing certain things with the ball in the game. He talks about how his dad and his mother as very close people to him. After the twins let him go he goes and signs a contract with the red sox. He gives his spin of how much fun it in the ...more
David Ortiz(Big Papi) is a Dominican Republican-born baseball player born in Santo Domingo where his dream is to make it to the MLB. Ortiz was just a little kid when his dream was to become an MLB player, and it happened. He grew up poor in the Dominican, irrelevant to everyone besides family and friends, then once he hit stardom, Ortiz is now one of the most well-known people in all of Dominican Republic. Ortiz brings us into his life from poverty to stardom and the feeling of being in the MLB ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent most of this book having an internal battle in the back of my mind as I read. You see, there is the sentimental component of this book -- reading it immediately following the retirement of a Red Sox, heck, a *sports* icon -- which factored in heavily toward my final decision of awarding the book four stars. The book is an easy read. Given the English-as-a-second-language thing, there were a few places where the wording felt a little...awkward, but to be honest, I felt like that gave the ...more
Good Summer sports book for Redsox fans. He tells it as he saw it.
Chris Popp
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a phenomenal book, one of the greatest baseball players of all time and this book just does such a fantastic job of giving us perspective of David Ortiz's life. It goes through the personal life aspects of his career, giving us great insight of his feelings and thoughts throughout all endevours. Really a fantastic read if you are into learning more about your favorite player and how they got to that point that they are your favorite player.
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits" is a funny and entertaining autobiography/biography written by no other than "Big Papi" David Ortiz and Tony Massaroti. I picked up this book because I'm a Mets fan and David Ortiz has a reputation for being a clown and a funny guy. This book is all about bragging rights and how sucessful Big Papi was from 2004-07. If you're a Yankee fan this book will bring back bad moments like when the Red Sox came back from 3-0 to beat the Yankees and eventual ...more
Ryland Davidson
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just completed the book Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits by David Ortiz. This book is about the journey of baseball superstar David Ortiz from the ghettos of the Dominican Republic to global stardom as a designated hitter for the major league baseball team the Boston Red Sox. The major characters in this book are David Ortiz, David's father, and many of David's teammates present and former. The book depicts the importance of baseball to the people of the Dominican Republic and how ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: red sox fans, baseball fans
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
Ok- so firstly, Tony Massarotti (the co-author) only had a few chapters, which was good. The problem is that he seemed to have a tendency to run-on. His paragraphs would often consist of two sentences. It made reading his sections a little irritating. Other than that, his contributions were an interesting outsiders view to whatever Ortiz was talking about at the time.

Secondly- Ortiz. I like that they deliberately kept his "voice", and didn't edit so much that it read as professional. It wasn't w
Joseph Lavoie
The book written by David Ortiz was a very inspirational story anout how hard work and persovierance can pay off in the long run. In the book, Oetiz discusses his lofe in the Domenican Republic, and how life revolved around baseball. In the Domenican, he and his friends would often skip school amd play baseball all day. However they often did not even have the proper equiptment. Ortiz said that ofetn they would use oranges or dried out socks as baseballs and broom sticks as bats. However, this g ...more
The book Big Papi: My story of Big Dreams and Big Hits is a pretty good book. It goes very in-depth with Big Papi life and how he grew up in the DR. When he came to America it was very different for him. It also talks about how he played in the minor leagues with Minnesota and then it goes to the part of when he came to Boston. He talks about how the city has been great to him, so great that he decided to raise a family here. His kids now go to school here and also love to just be in the city. B ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits," covers the story of David Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic who grew up in the slums, and beat all odds to become a successful MLB baseball player. The story goes through his journey to becoming a everyday player and how he had to deal with rejection, and let downs throughout his career. It talks about how Ortiz was recruited, signed, and then told he simply wasn't good enough by teams such as the: Seattle Mariners and Florida Marlins. It ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Sox fans
Shelves: sports
There were many things I liked about this book and some I didn't. However, the good out weighted the bad. It felt like Ortiz was talking to you and I appreciated they didn't clean up his words and make him sound like a professor. Yes, the excessive use of bro and dude bothered me, but after the first few chapters I could overlook them. I didn't know much about his pre Red Sox career and I enjoyed that. He came across as a very nice person and respectful of his competition.
The negatives I found-
Kim Marques
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Sox Fans
A) I have NEVER gotten as many looks on the subway as I have when I've read this book on the way to and from work. They ranged from amusement to confusion to disgust to mutual affection. B) Massarotti alternates between writing in his own voice and "ghost writing" in Papi's. Massarotti's chapters are fantastic. And I like hearing Papi's stories, but ... I think they went a little far in capturing Ortiz's "voice". Because the word "bro" can appear upwards of 8 times on a page. It's completely ove ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely fell in love with this book. It was an inspirational story about David Ortiz growing up in the Dominican Republic, and how he, his dad, and his mom get out of the DR and start a new life to succeed in America, where his talent is baseball. I have always idolized Big Papi from a baseball standpoint, and from an emotional standpoint, and this book makes me give him the uttermost respect in those regards. I recommend this book to mostly Boston fans as I bet opposing fans probably would ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very light reading, typical of many sports/entertainment biographies. Nonetheless, if you are a big fan of the Boston Red Sox or simply of Big Papi himself, you will glean some very informative insights into his progression and evolution from an under-valued disappointment, into one of the biggest stars the game has ever seen. What really puts this bio over, are the reminisces from the likes of Pedro Martinez, Torii Hunter, Terry Ryan (Minnesota GM) and Theo Epstein (Boston GM) that come in chap ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was incredibly funny. I enjoyed Papi's stories about his time and friendship with the now-LA Angel Torii Hunter and the rest of the Minnesota Twins. It had me clutching my stomach while reading about the hilarity. And, of course, as a huge Red Sox fan I loved reliving the highlights of this decade with Papi narrating. It was an interesting idea to leave Papi's chapters seemingly unedited, but the overall effect made it a little more personal with one of the best hitters of the decade.
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only hardcore Sox fans
Most of the book is Ortiz's stories, in his own words. Unfortunately, his own words do not translate well on paper. Nearly every sentence ends in "bro," as in, "I was hitting like crazy, bro" or "We don't fear the Yankees, bro." It makes it pretty tough reading. Additionally, Ortiz's life is not that exciting. Some of the stories of 2004 season are pretty good, but its just not enough to make this a must read.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book only increased my huge David Ortiz crush. I so want to give this book four stars because I just love David Ortiz. Unfortunately, though, I found myself tiring of all of the baseball stats and wishing the book talked more about the price of fame, life on the road, etc. It's entirely possible that this is just how sports books are - I think that this is the first I've ever read! The best parts for me were about growing up in the DR. Funny with a good voice.
Michael Scorzelli
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked reading Big Papi and enjoyed learning not only about Ortiz's journey to the MLB, but also about his family and his younger years. Although there were some slow parts, I like this book for many reasons including its topic of baseball, and also the Red Sox. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes David Ortiz, the Red Sox, or even just baseball.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good biography on David Ortiz. The chapters are alternatively written by Ortiz and Tony Massarotti. Reading the ones written by Ortiz can be a bit annoying because every other sentence ends with "bro." Like: "Winning the 2004 World Series was the best thing in my life, bro!" Overall, it wasn't too bad.
Eric Holmlund
It was great to find a better understanding of why things didn't work out for Ortiz in Minnnesota. I enjoy most baseball books that give the reader a behind the scenes look, but it was disappointing that the book was written shortly before the Sox won the 2007 World Series. That being said, I still enjoyed reading it. Reader bewear, many typos and the constant use of "bro".
Jun 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Highly disappointed in fellow Sudburyite Tony Mazz for not guiding David to be a better storyteller. The words killin and bro must have in the book 200 times.

For all Tony's bluster on the radio, he can't hold a candle to Michael Holly in the book department for boston superstars. Plus at this point VERY dated...
Ryan Reed
Great background on a modern day Red Sox hero. Writing in Papi's style of "Yo dawg" and "You know, man?" is great at first, but gets old very fast. Would be interesting to see his thoughts on the steroids scandal and Manny Ramirez deal in a few years...
Dec 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i had to read this last year in english and i really liked it. i usually hate nonfiction or bio. but this was really good. i learned a lot about my favorite baseball player. he is such a great guy and that would be so cool to meet him!
Devon Goodwin
Sep 10, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I fully read this book. I started it, but found it absolutely unreadable. Like reading a transcript from a courtroom file.
It was a slow read, but it was alright.
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