David Ortiz was the face of the Red Sox for years and is still one of the most beloved people in Boston. Considered one of the best clutch hitters of all time, Big Papi helped destroy The Curse of the Bambino. The 10 time All Star has 13 career walk off bombs—two of which came in the postseason on his way to three World Series rings. He also earned seven Silver Sluggers and the Hank Aaron award twice. While his on the field stats are legendary, Big Papi has also had an impact off the field. He took home a Roberto Clemente Award in 2011 for community involvement. Ortiz also united the city of Boston following the Boston Marathon bombings with one of the most rousing best speeches ever given on a ball field. While his speech was memorable, it was Ortiz’s bat that will be remembered for decades to come.
When you make a living at the plate, you have to bring the right tools. David Ortiz was no slouch in the swag department with some of the best player issued gear from Marucci and New Balance. The left-handed slugger wore high top New Balance cleats to support the massive power he generated. As a DH, David Ortiz’s bat was by far his most important tool. He trusted Marucci and swung his own DO34 game model bat. While he did use Franklin CFX Pro batting gloves early in his career, he switched to Marucci by the end. Ortiz paired custom Marucci batting gloves with a LizardSkin and a Marucci elbow guard to do damage at the dish.
Big Papi’s gear can be shopped below.