Big Papi honored before game!


Video by Ciro Arturo Valiente          Photos by Juan Luis Montero

Boston – Dominican culture and hospitality was on full display as the Boston Red Sox hosted Dominican Republic Day at Fenway Park.
The celebration was sponsored by the Dominican Republic Tourism Board which featured live Dominican music, a pre-game ceremony honoring David “Big Papi” Ortíz and the Ceremonial First Pitch was tossed out by the Dominican Republic’s Consul General of Boston Carmen Milagros Almonte.

Pre-game: Carmen Milagros Almonte, Consul General of the Dominican Republic in Boston; Claudio Perez, Vice Consul of the Dominican Republic in Boston; Gonzalo Gonzalez, Managing Partner BVKmeka and Ralph Paniagua, Publisher of, the premier website on the history of Latino ballplayers in the Major League paid tribute to David “Big Papi” Ortiz with the “2016 Player of the Year Award” during the pre-game festivities prior to the Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers game.


On field ceremony with Big Papi: The presentation of the 2016 Player of the Year and Dominican Day at Fenway Park was sponsored by Dominican Republic Tourism Board.

“It was truly an honor to present the greatest clutch player of his era the “2016 Player of the Year Award” for his amazing accomplishments on and off the field and his humility and commitment to his fellow man” stated Ralph Paniagua, Publisher of

“Big Papi” Ortíz has made all Dominicans proud with his amazing success and with his gentlemanly manner. It’s a proud day for all of us that we are celebrating this man at Fenway Park where he has brought so much joy to the Red Sox fans and to Dominicans and Latinos around the world, added Paniagua. has presented the “Player of the Year Award to Latino Players” throughout Major League Baseball for over 20 years.


“What a great moment for the Dominican Republic and what a great ambassador Big Papi has become for our nation. Today, we were able to show that Dominican Republic really has it all”, added Consul Almonte.

“Big Papi Ortiz continues the great legacy of Latino baseball players since their arrival in MLB in the early 1900s.

Fans can visit our site to become more familiar with those legendary players that came before Mr. Ortíz.” said Beto Villa, Editor of


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