David Ortiz Nickname Big Papi, How did David Ortiz get his nickname “Big Papi”? The name comes from Ortiz’s arrival at fenway. He did not know anyone’s name so he called everyone Papi. So natuarally, everyone started calling him “The Big Papi” which was shortened to Big Papi.
David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), nicknamed “Big Papi”, is a Dominican-American professional baseball player with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. Previously, Ortiz played with the Minnesota Twins from 1997 until 2002. Ortiz is a seven-time All-Star and holds the Red Sox single season record for home runs in a regular season with 54, set during the 2006 season. In 2005, Red Sox ownership presented him with a plaque proclaiming Ortiz “the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox”.