El Artista and David Ortiz to launch a second line. The Dominican cigar manufacturer and the Dominican American all-star baseball legend teamed up before for the Big Papi. That’s one of Ortiz’s nicknames. And now they come with The Slugger.
Earlier this month, after visiting the factory, Ortiz got shot in the back at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo. In real execution style, a man got off a motorbike and shot Ortiz in the back. Ortiz has had several surgeries due to the assassination attempt but is in stable condition. Both the suspected shooter and the suspected motorcycle driver have been arrested. According to the Dominican district attorney, Sixto David Fernandez was the target but Ortiz got shot by mistake. They were sharing a table at the bar.
The Big Papi cigars were created for charity events and personal enjoyment. But after a lot of positive feedback, Ortiz and El Artista launched the brand commercially in 2016. The cigar is only available in a 6×54 size.
The new cigar is called The Slugger. That’s another baseball term. It is bigger and stronger than Big Papa. The 7×60 cigar is made with a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper. The binder comes from the Dominican Republic. The filler comes from the Dominican, Nicaragua and the United States. “We have hosted dozens of events with Big Papi since 2016 and gathered a lot of feedback from fans about what the next blend should be like.” Says Kevin Newman Director of Sales & Marketing for El Artista Cigars, “Our Big Papi fans asked us to increase the power for the next blend; we not only increased the strength but made a bigger cigar packed with even more flavor”. At a recent press conference, David Ortiz quipped: “I wanted a cigar size that better fits in my big hands, something that is big like me”.
Baseball isn’t a big sport outside the USA and Latin America. So here’s some info on Ortiz for our readers that don’t know him. Ortiz played professional baseball for 20 seasons. 14 of which at the Boston Red Sox. He was an all-star player for 10 times. He won the Silver Slugger award seven times and the World Series 3 times. He’s also the home-run record holder for the Boston Red Sox. After his retirement, the Boston Red Sox retired his number 34 in honor of him. He’s only the 11th player to be honored that way in the Red Sox’s 118-year-old history. The Slugger will be available for international distributors after the launch during the IPCPR trade show in July.