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David ‘Big PapiOrtiz Unveils Renovated Youth Baseball Field

David 'Big Papi' Ortiz Unveils Renovated Youth Baseball Field

David Ortiz x loanDepot at Boys and Girls Club

David Ortiz x loanDepot at Boys and Girls Club

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Baseball legend David Ortiz, also known as ‘Big Papiby fans, 他说 “felt like a kid againhelping loanDepot unveil a newly renovated baseball field for the Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor.

Ortiz tells PEOPLE that he wanted to work with the Boys & Girls Club because giving back is important to him, especially when it comes to encouraging young people to be active.

A lot of people still struggle with having facilities where they can go play sports,” 他解释说.

The 46-year-old Hall-of-Famer partnered with Major League Baseball sponsor loanDepot to unveil the new and improved field at the 18-acre Wilmington Athletic Complex.

David Ortiz x loanDepot at Boys and Girls Club

David Ortiz x loanDepot at Boys and Girls Club

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Ortiz says resources, especially for kids to practice baseball, “weren’t available for the last few years, so loanDepot came inand renovated three baseball and softball fields.

The athlete spent the afternoon teaching local kids some of his best baseball techniques, which Ortiz sayswas a lot of fun.

I love it. I’m always down with helping [孩子们] to focus on the good things, the good side of life, and teach them what I know.

David Ortiz x loanDepot at Boys and Girls Club

David Ortiz x loanDepot at Boys and Girls Club

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Ortiz says the new fieldis awesomeand will allow youth in the community toget out and move their bodies,” which the athlete says is crucial for young people. “I can tell you, it’s good for you.

After the unveiling, Ortiz said, “It was an honor and a lot of fun to teach these kids a bit about the game that gave me such an important sense of home, as well as mentors to look up to over the decades.

I hope with these new fields, baseball can give to them what the sport has given to me,” 他补充说.

Additional improvements are still being made to the club, according to loanDepot.

Ortiz was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in July. He delivered an emotional speech during his induction ceremony.

From my family to coaches to teammates to fans, no I could not have done this without you,” the 46-year-old athlete told the crowd. “My Hall of Fame plaque represents each one of you and I’m going to thank you guys for the rest of my life.

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I have always tried to live my life in a way to support others that make a positive influence in the world,” said Ortiz. “Before I was Big Papi, before the Red Sox, before the Twins, I was just a kid playing ball in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz was the 58th player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and is also the youngest player to achieve baseball immortality at age 46. “I learned not so long ago how difficult it is to get in on the first ballot. It’s a wonderful honor to be able to get in,” said Ortiz.