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Red Sox: David Ortiz (Hitter/1st Basemen)

Red Sox: David Ortiz (Hitter/1st Basemen)

1918! 1918! – Thanks in large part to David Ortiz, the curse was lifted in 2004, when Big Papi slugged the Red Sox to their first World Series championship in almost a century, and then tacked on two more in 2007 and 2013. Ortiz decided 2016 was going to be his last year tormenting the Yankees and the rest of the MLB. Perhaps the only other team that laments Big Papi’s move to the AL East in 2003 more than the Yankees are the Minnesota Twins, who released him. The intimidating left-handed slugger mashed an impressive 503 career home runs, but the raw numbers hardly pitch what he meant to the city of Boston and the number of clutch moments he was a part of. Crushing another 38 home runs and driving in a league leading 127 RBIs, it is his hard to believe, at the age of 40 he made his final trip around the bases. Still performing at an all-star level and the undeniable intangibles he brings to the Red Sox clubhouse, Big Papi’s bat and leadership will be missed and Yankee fans can only hope this means the start of another Boston curse.