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.
Ortiz goes from rock bottom, after the death of his mother and his unceremonious release by the Minnesota Twins, to a chance encounter that would change the trajectory of his life forever. But once again, the road for David Ortiz to become "Big Papi" had its obstacles. Certainly, the New York Yankees were one of them. Another, a tradition of losing in heartbreaking fashion would, once again find a new and creative way to break Red Sox Nation's collective heart. Along the way, take a deep dive into the "The Curse," and learn what it's really all about.