The Bullet and the Ballplayer

In 2019, beloved baseball player David Ortiz was shot at a bar in the Dominican Republic. The shooting swiftly unraveled the two very different lives the Boston Red Sox star had been living, in Boston and in his home country. Mike Damiano masterfully tells Ortiz’s story for Boston magazine.

That frenzied quest for answers has yet to bear fruit, but it nevertheless opened a window into Ortiz’s personal life, offering a glimpse of him that had not always been visible to his legions of fans in Boston. Although Ortiz has always been unusually open and accessible to the public, and those traits are part of why Bostonians have grown to love him, there were some parts of his life—especially in the Dominican Republic—that he had long kept out of the spotlight. Consequently, the shooting didn’t merely reveal the two worlds Ortiz inhabited. It prompted the unraveling of his burgeoning attempts to finally bring them together for good.

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Mar 18, 2022
Length: 29 minutes (7,332 words)

‘We Wish to Be Able to Sing’

“For more than half a century, the people of Easter Island lived under an oppressive colonial regime. Then a schoolteacher sparked an unlikely revolution.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Dec 30, 2021
Length: 64 minutes (16,000 words)

“Take Her Down”: Inside eBay’s Stalking Campaign Against a Natick Couple

“Amazon. Etsy. eBay. Lots of companies appeared in David and Ina Steiner’s E-commerce newsletter. Only one tried to take them out.”

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Dec 2, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,060 words)