October" for his postseason heroics and always seemed to come through when playing on national television.
In fact, on September 6, 2005, Red Sox principal owner John W.
In August 2006, Ortiz checked into the hospital two separate times as a result of heart palpitations. At the time, he was leading the league home runs by a fairly large margin and won his first home run title with 54 while playing in 151 of the team's 162 games.There was a question whether he would come back that season, and even if he had played his last game as a member of the Red Sox, given that he would become a free agent after the season and that the team was in major rebuilding mode by that point.Ortiz did call it a season, finishing the year at .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBI in 90 games, which led to a clash with manager Bobby Valentine, who accused him of packing it in early because the Sox were out of the running.Ortiz went 2 for 8 with 3 walks and a double as the starting 1B in the 2009 World Baseball Classic in which the Dominican Republic was surprisingly eliminated in 3 games (including 2 losses to the Netherlands).
On July 30, 2009, Ortiz was outed as one of the 104 players, along with Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa, listed as having tested positive in "anonymous" testing for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.It turned out to be one of the most inspired moves in franchise history.