Big Papi defined the term sportsman

David Ortiz spoke with his bat, but it was his words that won the World Series

Updated: December 14, 2013, 2:25 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

Boston Red Sox savior David Ortiz's path to World Series MVP and my pick for sportsman of the year began on April 20. During a ceremony before a baseball game in front of his city, inside of his park, he grabbed a microphone and said these five words: "This is our f---ing city!"

From that moment forward, David Ortiz became a symbol of hope, pride, strength and resilience for a city that was in need of something more than baseball to heal the pain it was struggling through.

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