The man who once said “This is our [bleepin’] city” now has his own bleepin’ street.
Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had the honor of having a street in Boston renamed in recognition of his impact on the Red Sox and the city of Boston on Thursday. Yawkey Way Extension is now known as David Ortiz Drive. As if that was not enough, Ortiz already had a bridge named after him.
“David Ortiz is a legend on and off the field,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday, stating the obvious as mayors tend to do.
“This city means a lot to me,” Ortiz said. “Boston has been incredible to me and my family. I love this city. I can talk about it all day.”
Ortiz may not be from Boston (far from it), but there is no question he has been adopted as a son and representative of Boston during his baseball career with the Red Sox. Ortiz was a part of three World Series championship teams in Boston (2004, 2007, 2013) and finished his career with 541 career home runs.
Big Papi had the personality that captivated anyone in his presence, and the cameras never saw a side of Ortiz they didn’t like. And when the city of Boston needed someone to uplift them following a tragedy at the Boston Marathon, Ortiz took a hard stand in voicing his support for the city.
The celebration of Ortiz continues Friday as the Red Sox formally retire Ortiz’s No. 34.