During his 10 years in Boston, Ortiz has played an integral role in leading the Red Sox to two World Series championships -- in 2004 and 2007. He's cemented himself as one of the top designated hitters in baseball, hitting 396 career homers and 1,315 RBI.
This season, he's continued to lead by example. As the team sputtered through a slump in May, Ortiz organized a team meeting to unify the Red Sox. Amid the talk of clubhouse division, Ortiz believes reporters drum up all the drama.
"We have 25 guys who care just as much as I care about playing ball here and providing winning ballgames," Ortiz said. "It seems like every day there's something new about players. People need to just leave us alone and let us play ball.
"Too much [stuff] man. Too much [stuff]."
And it's making Ortiz reach his boiling point.