With so many stories about athletes gone bad, here’s one about Big Papi’s big heart — and how he’s helping make little hearts get better.
Ortiz, looking stylish in a black sports jacket, red shirt, red
shoes, designer sunglasses, and turquoise earrings, first visited a
packed room with sick kids. It will be the intensive care unit when it
is finished. There he signed the oversized $200,000 check.
"Hopefully everything keeps going and the children get
better," he said. "Everything is looking good and I see a lot of happy
faces out there. God bless you guys."
Then he visited Diana’s room.
was frightened at first, he’s so big," said Diana. "But he was very
nice. Afterward I felt so wonderful. He resembles the poor people, the
real people. I’ll be grateful forever. I’ll pray every day that he hits
more home runs."
When Big Papi kissed her twice, her eyes lit up brighter than the lights of Estadio Quisqueya, where the local stars play.
She said it was the first time she was kissed by a boy. A very big boy.