A salute to Big Papi: Magazine honors baseball great's career 

David Ortiz is hanging up his cleats in about a month, hopefully closer to two months.

The Red Sox ride he has guided during the last 14 seasons — yes, 14 seasons — has been incredible.

The stories. The friendships. The ups. The downs. The World Series titles. The clutch hits. The post-marathon bombing speech. And on and on.

Basically, no athlete in Boston history has played a bigger role, on and off the field, as Ortiz. 

We believe that kind of superstar deserves his own magazine. And so, we created one for him.

The Collector's Edition Big Papi Magazine is available for $5 a copy exclusively at area Market Baskets, as well as the office of The Eagle-Tribune, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, and its sister publications. 

This keepsake magazine explores Big Papi's incredible career, beginning with his formative years in the Dominican Republic and up through the indelible mark he leaves on Red Sox Nation.

Sure, he passed the 500 home-run mark and led the Sox to three World Series championships, but he was much more than that to so many people, from everyday fans to fellow baseball greats. 

Above all that talent, it's Big Papi's personality that makes him special. 

Curt Schilling, who played for the Sox from 2004 through 2007, contributes a column saluting Ortiz. So does Channel 4 sportscaster Danny Roche. The great Carl Yastrzemski, who lives in Boxford, pays homage to Big Papi's desire to get that big hit. And Haverhill's Carlos Pena, also a native of the Dominican Republic, discusses the influence Ortiz had upon him as his hero, idol and friend.

Other magazine highlights include:

*  Extensive career statistics, including every pitcher Ortiz hit a home run against;

* The top 10 great moments Ortiz celebrated in a Red Sox uniform;

* Exclusive pictures by North of Boston Media Group photographers;

* A keepsake poster and much more.

Always smiling and always fearless — this is how David Ortiz will be remembered. Fearless even of the New York Yankees, so that now, 14 years later, the Yankees aren't so much fun to beat.

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