David Ortiz has overcome a lot, and throughout his life has reached many, major milestones. If I had to choose the one that stood out to me the most, it would be his journey from the slums of the Dominican Republic, to being one of the greatest players, that ever played in the Major Leagues. He was born in the city of Haina, which was filled with gangs, drugs, and violence. Like many people in the Dominican Republic, David’s dream was to play baseball. With two supportive parents, he worked relentlessly towards this goal. According to statistics, David Ortiz should have never made it to where he is today. At the age of 16 David Ortiz was scouted by the Marlins, but released when he became injured, this broke him, but he persevered. Eventually, when Ortiz turned 17 he was acquired by the Mariners and reached the United States. He remained in the farm system for quite some time putting up great numbers, until the twins traded for him. Within a year after the trade, he had made it to the majors. He played with the Twins until 2002, but was not allowed to play the game in the way he wanted too. This slightly decreased his numbers, and in 2002 he was released. This was the turning point for David. He was signed by the Boston Red Sox, where we would later become one of the greatest players of all time. Throughout all his struggles, he had finally made it.