From Somewhere

Every professional athlete dreams of being the best, but before they made it big, they were just kids from somewhere.

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Simplemente un Chico de Tuilla

“Hola, David. Bienvenido a Nueva York”. Eso es todo lo que pude entender. El señor con un traje elegante extendió la mano. La apreté y sonreí. Luego me dijo otra cosa, y me puse nervioso. ¿Me había preguntado algo?

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Simplemente un Chico de Santo Domingo

Muchas personas no conocerían el nombre “David Ortiz” si no fuera por mi amigo Pedro Martinez.

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Stories From Somewhere

Every professional athlete dreams of being the best, but before they made it big, they were just kids from somewhere. These are their stories.

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What the (Blank)?

Just like on the first day of elementary school, we ask athletes to answer 10 questions about themselves so you can get to know them better. Next up is Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz. Yes, this is his real…

Portrait of Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz at Fenway Park, Boston MA 06/12/2015Credit: Clay Patrick Mcbdride/The Players' Tribune

From Somewhere: David Ortiz (Video)

Before he became a member of the 500-home run club and a three-time World Series champion, David Ortiz was just a kid from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This is his story.

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Just a Kid from Santo Domingo

A lot of people would not know the name "David Ortiz" if it wasn’t for my homie Pedro Martinez. I'm a World Series champion because of Pedro.

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The Best Play I Ever Made

I'm rounding the bases and it's like everything's popping off. Missiles, rockets, fireworks, whatever. It was a party. That hit got me a lot of Wheaties, man. That hit put me on the map.

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 20: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox stands outside the batting cage before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on August 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Five Toughest Pitchers I’ve Ever Faced

I’m going to mix it up a little bit and give you three legendary guys who are retired and two younger guys who have really impressed me recently. I’m even gonna give some respect to a couple of Yankees.

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Somewhere Chasing History

The Players’ Tribune caught up with three-time World Series champion and Boston legend David Ortiz as he closed in on his 500th home run.

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Just a Kid from Tuilla

When I think of my childhood in the small town of Tuilla, Spain, three things come to mind: football, coal mines and apples.

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From Somewhere: David Villa (Video)

Before he became Spain’s top all-time goalscorer, a World Cup champion and the face of New York City FC, David Villa was just a kid from the small Spanish village of Tuilla. This is his story.

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Somewhere Far from Spain

David Villa has won a World Cup, a European championship, a Champions League title and three La Liga titles. The Players’ Tribune caught up with him in his new home of New York City.