Red Sox legendary slugger David Ortiz was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, but him receiving the call is incredible.
After much deliberation and speculation, the results came in on Tuesday for Cooperstown. And with all the votes cast, Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his first time on the ballot.
Ortiz’s chances of making it into the Hall of Fame were widely debated as the Red Sox slugger was linked to PED usage earlier in his career, something that led to both Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens (among others) not getting in on their final year on the ballot. But he made it in.
And the drama about whether or not he would make it made the moment that he got the call from Cooperstown all the more magical.
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Ortiz getting the call with Pedro Martinez by his side is something that will hit every Red Sox fan right in the feels.
It turns out that the drama about whether or not Ortiz would make it in on his first vote was warranted. He finished with just north of 77 percent of the vote in his favor, which just barely clears the 75 percent threshold needed for a player to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Regardless, the moment he got the call truly embodies the special person and player David Ortiz is, especially to Red Sox fans. The passion, the friendships and the love he showed the city of Boston are truly unforgettable.
And on top of that, his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech should undoubtedly be one for the ages when that time comes.