’07 Season: Big Papi had a great season batting .332; his highest career average. His power numbers were lower than past seasons but he still hit 35 HR’s and drove in 117. He did not have as many of the magical late inning heroics last year so it made it seem as if he was having an off year. Ortiz was playing with pain in his knee most of the season which explains the lower power numbers.
’08 Outlook: David Ortiz is the face of the Red Sox and maybe even all of Major League Baseball. His constant smile and friendliness to teammates, the media, and fans make him a great clubhouse presence. Big Papi’s knee was fixed in the off season, he will still have Manny hitting before him and Lowell hitting behind him. Big Papi is due to win the MVP, he is in the prime of his career on an excellent team. His power numbers will be back up so look for 40+ HR’s, over .300 average, and 120+ RBI’s.