“He is a really lovable guy, really down to earth!” said Griswold High School Health Teacher Mr. Vito with a large smile.
Retired Helix teacher and current Athletic Director Mr. Miller (who is a die-hard Yankees fan) said, “He’s done a great job. You see baseball players often play four years, but this man has played for 20 something! David played the game right, and anyone like him deserves some recognition.”
Ortiz, who wears No. 34 is also known as “Big Papi” or “Cookie Monster.” His salary as of 2015, was $16 million, and he has a net worth of $45 million. Ortiz has played 2,257 games in his career, has a whopping 9,465 plate appearances, 8,103 at bats, 1,340 runs, and 2,303 hits. The numbers don’t lie; he is a great athlete. Ortiz also played for the Minnesota Twins earlier in his career.
“He’s been on there the longest since I’ve watched the team. He’s been on the World Series team in 2004 and 2007 I’m pretty sure” Vito said.
Surprisingly, the New York Yankees are planning to honor David Ortiz soon in New York, even though the teams are arch rivals. The two teams are deciding to look past their animosity for now, and make David’s last game memorable. The Red Sox also made a similar gesture last year and paid tribute to the Yankees long-time player Derek Jeter when he retired.
“Oh yeah, I think they did this mainly out of respect. Just because teams are rivals, doesn’t mean that they don’t respect each other,” Miller stated.
Mr. Vito and Mr. Miller definitely are huge sports fans. When the men learned about Ortiz’s honoring, they both had different reactions.
Mr. Vito was pretty upset to know that his favorite player was retiring, but at the same time, you could tell that he understood. With someone playing that long, it’s expected, but it’s still a shock for most when all those great years finally come to an end.
Mr. Miller simply said that a player like him had a wonderful career and that he was a good man. For someone like him, he feels that they need to be honored. They get honored wherever they go, and that’s something that they could be proud of.
“You know, I’m really happy that they are doing this. This shows that both teams really respect each other, and that means a lot to me. I’m glad they play the game like any team should,” Miller exclaimed.
The two local baseball fans may have rivaling teams that they root for, but that doesn’t mean that the two aren’t good friends… but they might bicker on whose team is better…who wouldn’t, that’s what sports is about!
Any baseball fan in general, and Red Sox fan in particular will miss David Ortiz, for his loveable personality, his outstanding plays, and the heart for his team—especially fans like Mr. Vito.