Posted November 05, 2013

David Ortiz joins Boston heroes on cover of Nov. 11 issue of Sports Illustrated

Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, Sports Illustrated cover
David Ortiz

David Ortiz with (left to right) officers Javier Pagan and Rachel McGuire and Detective Kevin McGill. (Joe McNally/SI)

The Boston Red Sox’ World Series victory not only capped a worst-to-first turnaround season for the Old Towne Team, it also brought a final note of joy in a season full of them to a city that had been victimized by a terrorist attack just over six months earlier. Among the iconic images from that bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 was a photo that depicted police officers Rachel McGuire and Javier Pagan and Detective Kevin McGill springing into action almost immediately, even as a fallen runner remained prone on the ground. That image landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s April 22 issue (see below).

Now those three members of Boston’s Finest are joined on the newest cover of Sports Illustrated by a hero of a different sort, World Series MVP David Ortiz. Big Papi has been a legend in Beantown since helping the Red Sox win their first championship in 86 years back in 2004 but he became even more important to the city this year, as SI senior writer Tom Verducci explains in this week’s cover story.

“If any one person were to lead the Red Sox and — given the team’s cultural importance in New England — by extension Bostonians through a terrible time, it was a man with an outsized capacity for resilience,” writes Verducci.

As the longest-tenured Red Sox player, it was Ortiz who grabbed the microphone during a ceremony honoring the victims before the team’s first post-bombing game at Fenway Park on April 20 and offered a message of strength and resolve. He drew his biggest cheers when he said, “This is our f—–’ city.”

On the field, Ortiz was the center of Boston’s unexpected return to glory, leading the team in home runs (30), RBIs (107), batting average (.309), on-base percentage (.395) and slugging percentage (.564) as the Sox won the AL East for the first time in six years. He then had a two-homer game against Rays ace David Price in the ALDS and hit the game-tying grand slam against the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALCS that shifted that series in the Red Sox’ favor.

EXTRA MUSTARD: A Q&A with David Ortiz on pep talks, naked teammates and duck boats

He was even better during the World Series, when he batted .688, the highest average ever for a Fall Classic of at least six games, while also hitting two home runs against the Cardinals. Ortiz became the first non-Yankees player in 30 years to win at least three championships with the same team, having also won in 2007.

This year, though, will be remembered for far more than just a title. It will be about how a team helped a city smile again.

Boston Marathon

Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

31 comments
BahoPuwet
BahoPuwet

Where's Bobby Valentine? From behind the scenes, Bobby V. is the Heart & Soul of this Boston Red Sucks team. He mentored & nurtured this team of beer guzzlers & fried chicken eating slobs last season to become winners this year.

They ought to erect a statue in downtown Boston in honor of Bobby V. They can easily tear down Bobb Orr, Auerbach, and Russell's statues to make room.  Papi Ortiz dedicated this winning season to Bobby V. 

NoreenChase
NoreenChase

Thank you for posting this story and this cover photo. This is the antidote for the Rolling Stone magazine cover earlier this year. 

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

It's hilarious how people are still all over Ortiz 10 years after he was found to be on a list of 100 other players taking illegal drugs. 10 years ago! BTW, that's over 4 full teams worth. Most likely someone on your team as well.

Guys get caught in the NFL and are back in action 4 weeks later and nobody seems to care at all. Von Miller just got a 6 game suspension because he not only was caught but then tried to cover it up. That's unbelievable and nobody cares. Forget 10 years, people forget about it in 10 minutes.

Why do people not care at all about NFL players but go completely nuts over MLB players?

oasis1994
oasis1994

You people make me sick. This is the problem with society. You are over looking the main point here; they are honoring those who helped and talking about the Boston Marathon. 

In case you forgot, but it was a sad sight and it touched the entire city. What the Sox did was unite the city and bring everyone together. It was amazing and the players knew what they meant to the city and offered a hand to help.

Although it was much different, but this is almost like 2001 when the Yankees and Mets were on the cover's of SI when 911 happened. Shame on anyone commenting on Ortiz and steroids here. Just take this as SI honoring a few that helped the city in a time of need. 

riley8
riley8

I will assume SI put Ortiz on the cover with TRUE heroes because of the Boston tie and NOTHING more.

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

Ortiz is too fat to be taking roids. Pujols is more likey

yankee42
yankee42

AIN'T MAGILLA CUTE?? I just love the way he spits on his batting glove all the time. Personal Hygiene ain't his bag......

Donnied2664
Donnied2664

We're STILL waiting for Papi to explain how he failed that drug test. He had his press conference and told us he was going to find out what happened and get back to us. Well we are still waiting. And it certainly looks like he found the fountain of youth......again......kind of Barry Bonds like, if you will.

AYahoo!u5er
AYahoo!u5er

Why is a cheater on the cover with real heroes? 

iammagicland
iammagicland

Way to glorify cheating! And before you pink hats get started, you all sound just like the Milwaukee fans did before Braun was exposed, head in the sand and making excuses...

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

You should change your name to straight-up D-o-u-c-h-e.  Only that namesake would miss the whole point of healing the article addresses and bring up a totally zero topic with absolutely no relevance at all to the main point of discussion. 

Man, I sure hope you didn't reproduce. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

@oasis1994 You are such a simpleton. They played a game and won and you declare that this should be an example of the Sox actively "uniting the city"? The Sox exploited this tragedy to a point that it was shameless. Why have it {Red Sox logo} Strong instead of Boston Strong? Shake my head.

calumetsteve
calumetsteve

@yankee42 You're a racist moron. For those of you who don't know the reference, Magilla Gorilla was a cartoon character from the 1960's, so what our racist yankee42 is doing is calling David Ortiz a monkey. Crawl back into your hole yankee42

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@Donnied2664 The story goes that they never informed him of what particular drug test he failed.  He claims he doesn't know why he was on that list.  Yes, his career is suspicious, no doubt.  However he has passed something like 25-30 or more PED tests since then.  There just isn't anyway to prove he is or has ever taken PEDs.

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@Donnied2664 He failed a test 10 years ago because he was taking drugs. Who cares. that was 10 years ago. You don't hit .700 by taking roids. They help with power not average. Stay jealous!

Jai2
Jai2

@Donnied2664 We are still waiting for idiots like you to know the facts before running your mouth and sounding as stupid as you sound. THERE WERE NO BANNED SUBSTANCES IN 2003. MLB forced everyone to take a test and then banned anything they took.


The only confirmation is by two idiot New York lawyers and a NY paper. MLB stood on the stage when Ortiz asked what he tested positive for and no one would tell him.

Jai2
Jai2

@AYahoo!u5er Check your facts before posting or you just sound like an idiot

CameronMorris
CameronMorris

@iammagicland Until the other 96 names on the list come out, all of your favorite players could be considered just as guilty. Is a murderer that never gets caught any less guilty?

salvaje50
salvaje50

@iammagicland Are you trying to glorify being a dooshbag?  Because if you are you are off to great start.

akosmo
akosmo

@iammagicland While your concerns regarding cheating are valid, the way you are expressing your opinion is unwarranted. No one here is making excuses for Ortiz. Yes, there are some naive fans who refuse to believe there was any wrong done, that their team is the only "clean" one in MLB. However, this cover isn't really about Ortiz, he's barely featured. It is more about a city healing and celebrating a life more normal. It is a lovely gesture by SI and I'm truly sorry you can't see that

ianforbes
ianforbes

@MrArlington @oasis1994 Wow. You make a living jumping from comment board to comment board and Trolling. You are quite the d-bag aren't ya?

yankee42
yankee42

@calumetsteve @yankee42 Open your eyes and look at Ortiz and you tell me he doesn't look like MAGILLA... Try to be honest and get off your LIBERAL TALKING POINTS, and head back to Obammy's websites.  Thanks for your input Clammitystevie..

CalebBenoit
CalebBenoit

@Jai2 @Donnied2664 doesn't matter if there were no banned substances in 2003, anyone caught taking steroids or HGH anytime in their career is a pariah... if he failed it in 2003 or 2013 hes still a cheater. rules implemented then or not.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@ianforbes @MrArlington @oasis1994 

Couldn't agree more.


MrArlington you know nothing about sports.

I saw your comment about the Braves and their fans. What happened in your life that you are so negative all the time. It must be fun being you on a day to day basis.

calumetsteve
calumetsteve

@yankee42 @calumetsteveIt's got nothing to do with Obama, who is the second worst president of all time next to Jimmy Carter, it has to do with the fact that you're a racist d-bag who disgraces the great Rivera and the Yankees with your post. The Yankees  wouldn't be proud of you, they would turn their backs on you (even Hank).  And Ortiz doesn't look like Magilla Gorilla, he looks like a home run hitting 3-time World Series winner who you would love to have on the Yankees to knock down that short right field wall. Go back under your rock now you worthless nobody.