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Editors Note: You can still vote below if you feel so inclined, but we finalized the tallies and have moved on to the Elite Eight.How will you best remember Big Papi?As David Ortizs final regular season hits its home stretch, were asking fans to select the Boston Red Sox sluggers signature achievement.On Monday, we began the Big Papi Bracket with an opening round of 32 moments. Today, we reveal the Sweet 16. Next Monday, its the Elite Eight. On Sept. 15, the Final Four.And on Sept. 19, the championship round.All you have to do is vote.Green Monster RegionNo. 1 seed: Oct. 17, 2004 -- With the Red Sox down 3-0 in the ALCS, Ortiz hits a 12th-inning, two-run, walk-off home run off Paul Quantrill to beat the New York Yankees and spark Bostons historic series comeback.No. 5 seed: July 29, 1996 -- In the Greatest Home Run Derby Youve Never Heard Of, in Appleton, Wisconsin, a minor leaguer, then known as David Arias, steals the show from Seattle Mariners superstars Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez in an impromptu showdown.No. 2 seed: Oct. 20, 2004 -- His two-run home run off Yankees starter?Kevin Brown in the first inning of Game 7 of the ALCS starts the scoring in a Curse-breaking blowout in the Bronx. Ortiz is named MVP of the series after hitting .387 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.No. 3 seed: April 27, 2003 -- His first home run with the Red Sox shows shades of whats to come. In other words, its clutch -- a pinch-hit, go-ahead, 14th-inning solo blast in a 6-4 win over the Anaheim Angels.Pesky Pole RegionNo. 1 seed: Oct. 13, 2013 -- Ortiz sends Torii Hunter tumbling over the right-field wall at Fenway Park -- and turns a celebrating Boston cop, Steve Horgan, into a celebrity -- with a grand slam that turns the tide in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.No. 5 seed: Aug. 16, 2014 -- With his 27th home run of the season, Big Papi joins Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to hit 400 homers while playing with the Red Sox. For good measure, Big Papi punishes the Houston Astros with another home run later in the game en route to a 10-7 victory.No. 2 seed: Oct. 8, 2004 -- ALCS, here we come! Ortizs two-run, 10th-inning home run off Jarrod Washburn sweeps the Angels out of the ALDS and sets up an all-time classic series with the Yankees.No. 3 seed: Sept. 21, 2006 -- Ortizs 51st jack of the season breaks Jimmie Foxxs Red Sox record, set 68 years earlier. Even better? He hits it against his former team, the Minnesota Twins.The Triangle RegionNo. 1 seed: April 20, 2013 -- The only No. 1 seed not in October, but its a serious contender for the crown nonetheless. Otherwise known as The Speech, Ortiz addresses the Fenway faithful, the city of Boston, and really, the entire country, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. All right, Boston, Big Papi says. This jersey that we wear today, it doesnt say Red Sox. It says Boston. We want to thank you, Mayor [Thomas] Menino, Governor [Deval] Patrick, the whole police department for the great job that they did this past week. This is our f---ing city. And nobodys going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.No. 5 seed: Sept. 6, 2005 -- Ortiz swats a walk-off home run off Angels reliever Scot Shields -- and then is presented with a plaque that reads The Greatest Clutch Hitter In The History Of The Boston Red Sox by owner John Henry and president/CEO Larry Lucchino.No. 2 seed: Oct. 27, 2013 -- Since were on the subject of speeches, Big Papis Game 4 pep talk in the dugout helps rally his teammates to a 4-2 win, tying the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals after Boston had dropped Games 2 and 3.No. 3 seed: Oct. 5, 2003 -- Ortiz wont help lead Boston to a pennant until the next season, but he contributes some postseason heroics in Game 4 of the 2003 ALDS. His two-run double off Keith Foulke of the Oakland As drives in Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead they wont relinquish. The win, in the second of three straight elimination games, ties the series; Boston goes on to win Game 5 before falling to Aaron (Bleepin) Boone and the Yankees in the ALCS.Yawkey Way RegionNo. 1 seed: Oct. 18, 2004 -- Down three games to one in the ALCS (after his walk-off home run in Game 4), Ortiz smacks a two-out, game-winning single in the 14th inning off Yankees reliever Esteban Loaiza to bring Boston within a game of tying the series.No. 4 seed: Sept. 12, 2015 -- At Tropicana Field, Ortiz belts his 500th career round-tripper in the fifth inning off Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Moore, becoming just the 27th player to do so. In typical Big Papi excess, its actually his second home run of the game; he had cracked No. 499 off Moore in the first.No. 2 seed: Oct. 27, 2004: Its more a team moment than simply an Ortiz moment, but Big Papi celebrating the Red Soxs first World Series title in 86 years -- after hitting .308 with a home run and four RBIs in a sweep of the Cardinals -- could give the No. 1 seed in the Yawkey Way Region a run for its money. Assuming, of course, it can knock off a particularly tough No. 3 in the Sweet 16 -- perhaps the best matchup of any two moments in this round.No. 3 seed: April 4, 2014 -- On Opening Day at Fenway, Ortiz receives his third World Series ring, plus an additional MVP ring, after hitting .688 with a 1.948 OPS during a World Series win over the Cardinals in which he was named Most Valuable Player. Mike White Jersey .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. 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NFL players are no longer the only professional athletes to silently protest during the national anthem.On Sunday night, womens soccer player Megan Rapinoe followed the example of?San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner before her Seattle Reign played the Chicago Red Stars in an NWSL game.I am disgusted with way he has been treated and the fans and hatred he has received in all of this, Rapione told espnWs Julie Foudy. It is overtly racist. Stay in your place black man. Just didnt feel right to me. Need a more substantive conversation around race relations, & the way people of color treated.Rapinoe added: We are not saying we are not one the greatest countries in world. Just need to accept that [it is] not perfect, things are broken. And quite honestly being gay, I have stood with my hand over my heart during the national anthem and felt like I havent had my liberties protected, so I can absolutely sympathize with that feeling.Rapinoe said she will continue to kneel in every match going forward.The very leaast that I can do is continue the conversation with him by kneeling for the anthem, she said.dddddddddddd?Rapinoe, a World Cup and gold-medal winner with the U.S. womens national team, becomes the first nonblack professional player to join in protesting during the national anthem since Kaepernick gained notoriety for sitting out the anthem in 49ers preseason games.After sitting during the playing of the anthem during preseason games, Kaepernick elected to kneel during the anthem for the teams final preseason game on Thursday and was joined by teammate Eric Reid.In a separate game, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also elected to sit down during the playing of the national anthem.Though he has received backlash for his protest, Kaepernick has said its not his intention to denigrate police, military or the country, but rather serves as his way of bringing attention to what he sees are failings in the United States treatment of racial minorities. 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