On April 10,
2006, the Red Sox signed the former castoff to a four-year, $52 million
extension, keeping him in Boston through 2010. It's just another reason why Big
Papi is smiling. "I'm not going to lie. I got frustrated a lot before
[Boston]," Ortiz says. "It's been tough. The worst was losing my mom.
Losing her was something I couldn't figure out at the time. I was, like, lost
weren't going good, she would always say, 'Son, you're always going to be my
baby boy. Keep fighting. I love you.' Now, even though I don't have that voice,
I feel that spirit to fight back when times are tough. My mom, she's still
always there for me. Always."