As his final season in the majors continues, Boston Red Sox DH David "Big Papi" Ortiz is reminding fans of both the Red Sox and all of baseball why he has been one of the game's fan favorites throughout his career.
Just over two weeks ago, Ortiz got a message online from six-year-old Maverick Schutte. The Wyoming native was born with a heart defect and has had to have over 30 surgeries so far in his young life.
Before a game against the rival New York Yankees, David Ortiz promised the youngster that he would hit a home run... and Big Papi lived up to his word, hitting what turned out to be the game winner in a 4-2 victory by the Red Sox that made Maverick very happy:
On Wednesday, little Maverick got a chance to meet his favorite player in person when he and his family were at Fenway Park to see David Ortiz and the Red Sox take on the Oakland A's. In addition to throwing out the first pitch to Ortiz, Maverick was given a special gift while the little guy was being interviewed.
You don't have to be a fan of the Red Sox to appreciate what kind of a person David Ortiz has been for the city of Boston and the sport of baseball. Kudos to Big Papi and get well soon, Maverick!