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Big Papi busy planning annual charity golf tournament

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz spoke at last year’s event.

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Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz spoke at last year’s event.

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David Ortiz says it was a bit of a blur after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. There were endless TV appearances and interviews to talk about the team’s first title in 86 years. It was less hectic after ’07 and now, well, winning the World Series is almost ho-hum. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but Big Papi is relaxed. “Oh, yeah, it’s a lot easier this time,” Ortiz told us the other day. “The first time, you really don’t know how it’s gonna go down.” The Sox slugger has already turned his attention to the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, his annual charity event in the Dominican Republic. (Tickets are available at www.davidortizchildrensfund.org.) This year’s tourney, which benefits the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, the World Pediatric Project, and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, takes place in Punta Cana Dec. 12-15, and will include several familiar faces, including former Sox skipper Terry Francona, ex-Sox players Jonathan Papelbon, Tim Wakefield, Kevin Millar, and Jim Rice, other MLB stars, and a slew of entertainer types like “Dexter” actress Aimee Garcia, Mike O’Malley, and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Rachel Dratch. When we told Big Papi that it bothers us to see him having fun with Yankees players, he laughed. “Yeah, on the field, I want to kick their [expletive],” he said. “But when it comes to helping kids, it doesn’t matter who you play for.” Ortiz said it’s a privilege to play baseball for a living, and a pleasure to use his celebrity to raise money for charity. “I pretty much come from a place where it’s hard to make it out and I know what it means to struggle,” he says. “But I don’t force people to look at me as a role model. I do it by nature.” He cited his wife, Tiffany, who is on the board of UNICEF. “I see how hard she works to get things done with UNICEF,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if my kids keep doing the same thing. That would be great.”

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.
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