David Ortiz: Mayor Write-In Votes Put Him Third in Boston

Friday, 08 Nov 2013 12:49 PM

By Michael Mullins

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David Ortiz, the mayor of Boston? Not quite, but the famous slugger, nicknamed "Big Papi," managed to finished in third place in Boston’s recent mayoral election.

Ortiz, who won the World Series MVP and Silver Slugger awards following the Boston Red Sox' World Series win in October, came in third place behind Mayor-elect Martin Walsh and his 72,514 votes, and John Connolly's 67,606 votes, according to Boston Election Department, WGBH reported.

During the six-game World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Ortiz led his Red Six with a remarkable batting average of .688, having hit 11 of his 16 times at bat, two of which were homeruns, and earning six RBI's.

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In total there were 560 write-in votes during Boston's mayoral election, the USA Today reported. Just how many write-in votes Ortiz received, however, was not released by the election officials.

Earlier in the week, Ortiz talked with NESN.com about his long-standing friendship with outgoing Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who after 20 years in office announced earlier in the year that he would not be seeking a sixth term.

"That’s my man, you know. Me and Menino, we go way back and we always do a lot of things together," Ortiz told NESN this week. "Knowing he was going to retire, it was a shock. We’ve had Mayor Menino over, what, 20 years? He’s done an incredible job through the years. I wasn’t ready to see him retire, but it happens to all of us."

"I was proud to get to know him through the years, doing things with him, especially for kids. I love kids. He encouraged me to do things like that," Ortiz added. "The political side — I don’t know about that and I stay away from that. He just told me, 'Go get ’em, tiger.'"

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The 37-year-old, Dominican Republic-born Ortiz, who earns a $14 million annual salary, made headlines earlier in the year when during a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing he dropped the F-bomb while addressing the fans at Fenway Park.

While thanking the Boston Police Department and various state and local officials, an emotional Oritz told the roaring Fenway crowd, "This jersey that we [sic] wearing today. It doesn't say Red Sox, its says Boston. . . This is our f---ing city, and nobody gonna dictate our freedom."

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