David Ortiz son D’Angelo wrote an inspiring letter for his father prior to his Hall Of Fame induction this weekend.
You are about to become the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Since the announcement in January, you’ve heard and felt it all: Congratulations from the baseball world. Pride from your former teammates. Thanks from Red Sox Nation. But me? After all that your Hall of Fame career has brought. I feel like I need to say it all, so that’s what I’m going to do.
We’ll start with the easy one: Congratulations. By the time your career ended in 2016, over 21,000 players had donned a Major League Baseball jersey. On Sunday, you will become just the 340th member to be inducted into Cooperstown. You earned everything you got and did it your way, and for that you deserve congratulations.
It may seem obvious that I’m proud of my dad for reaching the pinnacle of his field. Like I’ve already said, nothing was given to you, and you earned everything you got, but there’s more to it than that.
All throughout my childhood, you were the constant. Superstars cycled in around you during your time with the Red Sox. Adrian Beltre, Adrian Gonzalez and Victor Martinez all came and went during your time in Boston, and even though they were great players — with silky smooth gloves who played those corner infield spots — you were the guy the Red Sox chose to build around. That’s when I realized you brought something more than just a clutch bat. You had a role beyond the field.
Your ability to withstand the change and be a leader is something I take pride in.
Above you being a great baseball player, I want to thank you for being such a great father.
I have great memories from your career. From the time I was 3 years old, I knew what a big-league clubhouse was supposed to look and feel like. I got to come to Fenway Park every day and hang out with legends like Mookie Betts and Manny Ramirez. I got to make friends with guys like Bill Hall, Robbie Ross and Wade Miley, and appreciate them on a deeper level than just baseball. Dustin Pedroia basically helped raise me. I had the coolest childhood a young baseball fan could ask for, and that doesn’t happen without you being you.
But even more important than those memories, are the memories of the moments we’ve been able to share together and the lessons you’ve taught me.
You have always been the same guy no matter where we are or what the situation is. Throughout my life I’ve seen you carry yourself the same way, through good times and bad, and I think that — above all else — is the greatest lesson you’ve ever taught me, on or off the field.
So, thank you for bringing me along on your journey, teaching me important lessons I will use in my career and creating memories that will last a lifetime. I am immensely proud of everything you’ve done, and how you went about doing it.
The moment David Ortiz got the call to the Baseball Hall of Fame. ⚾️
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“I want to thank you for being such a great father.”
D’Angelo Ortiz penned a heartfelt letter to his father, David Ortiz, ahead of the slugger’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction. https://t.co/msPXHWL5Z0
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