David Ortiz: The Big Papi Story captures the spirit of Boston, a city with no shortage of sports icons, and celebrates the rise of a man from the Dominican Republic who willed himself to greatness — and who, in the process, changed the culture of an entire city.
In addition to Ortiz’s successful playing career, the series (Executive Produced by Emmy Award winner Zak Levitt and narrated by Michael Chiklis) will examine pivotal moments in his life off the field, from his difficult assimilation into American culture, to the sudden and tragic loss of his mother, to the raw emotion he shared with Hub fans following the tragic Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
From the tough neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, David Ortiz, through the persistence of his father, takes to the game that is in his and all Dominican boys’ DNA. Assimilating to the United States and the Major League game itself, however, is a more difficult process. Ortiz must navigate his way through a new culture and language, a new relationship, a team that won’t allow him to be himself, and ultimately, the tragic loss of his mother.