Photo courtesy of  Michael Ivins

Photo courtesy of Michael Ivins

DAVID ORTIZ, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Retired Red Sox Slugger and First Baseman

Nicknamed “Big Papi,” Ortiz is a ten-time major league All-Star, three-time World Series champion, and the all-time MLB record holder for home runs, RBIs, and hits by a designated hitter. In 2015, Ortiz was voted as one of the four greatest players in Boston Red Sox history — along with Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Pedro Martinez—by Red Sox fans. 

"I learned that nothing comes easy. When coming to the States from a different country, you have to make sure to have your A game every day. There is no room for failure or else they may give up on you. My family taught me hard work and education are the keys to life, and I can say now that those two ideas made me who I am today. I am a better person and player because of the way I was raised and the different cultures I learned and adapted to."