Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz announced in the offseason that he would retire at the end of this season. Ortiz, also known as Big Papi, has been a fan favorite in Boston since he joined the team in 2003 because of his personality and production on the field.
Ortiz was also a big part of Boston’s World Series championships in 2004, 2007, and 2013, and is considered one of the greatest to ever put on a Red Sox uniform.
Since this is Ortiz’s final season, he has been getting the farewell treatment other greats in the sports world like Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Kobe Bryant got when they announced their retirements, but unlike those three greats, Ortiz has a good chance of going out with a championship.
The Boston Red Sox are currently on top of the AL East standings, and two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. Since there are still a lot of games left to play, it is difficult to say if they will remain on top of the division.
Fortunately for the Red Sox, the other teams in the AL East haven’t shown anything to make me believe they will pose a serious threat to the Red Sox. Boston will likely win the division.
The Red Sox also have the best record in the American League, which means they would have home field advantage if the season ended today. If Boston can maintain the pace it’s currently on; there is no reason why they can’t finish with the best record in the AL.
Another thing the Red Sox and Ortiz have going for themselves is the fact that the last time the Red Sox missed the playoffs, they followed it up with a World Series win the next season. Last season, Boston missed the playoffs, so maybe history will repeat itself again this year.
If the Red Sox somehow manage to make it to the World Series, it will give Ortiz the chance to finish his career the way most sports legends never have, which is with a championship. But, since this is an even year, if they have to play the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, all bets are off.