Fans to get up-close look at Ortiz in documentary

BOSTON -- A documentary entitled "David Ortiz In the Moment", which promises to give a close-up look at the life and accomplishments of the Red Sox designated hitter, will air on EPIX July 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

The special, produced by Relativity Sports in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions, will trace Big Papi's path from the Dominican Republic to his stardom with the Red Sox.

"David Ortiz is a larger-than-life baseball star," said Mark Greenberg, EPIX CEO and president. "From his leadership role helping guide the Red Sox to win three World Series titles to his civic work in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic to the compassionate, funny and empathetic way he embraced and comforted Bostonians and all of America following last year's Boston Marathon bombing, he is a true inspiration."

The documentary follows the nine-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and Red Sox legend during the past two seasons, including Boston's championship run last fall. It also chronicles the drama on and off the field that the nation witnessed throughout a very emotional run to the title for both the city and the club.

"Very few people get to see my life outside of baseball -- I am looking forward to sharing my story with all my fans," Ortiz said. "I am proud to work with EPIX, Relativity Sports and MLB on this project."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.