CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — Derek Jeter played in only 17 games last season for an aging and overpriced Yankees team that finished tied for third place. Miguel Cabrera, for all his extraordinary feats at the plate, avoids the public spotlight.
Baseball does not have a LeBron James or Peyton Manning, a player who is the face of the game.
Or is that player now David Ortiz?
At 38, Ortiz has ascended to the top of his sport with a combination of performance and personality that crosses lines of geography, fandom, age, and race. After leading the Red Sox to their third World Series championship in 10 years, Ortiz is much more than Boston’s Big Papi. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.