Haute Weekend Roundup: Boston’s Unforgettable Tribute to David Ortiz

It was all about honoring our favorite baseball legend here in Boston this weekend. From a celebrity roast and a retirement ceremony to a dedication at JetBlue, here’s a look at Boston’s unforgettable tribute to David Ortiz.

With three World Series championships to his name, the all-time leader in MLB history for home runs, RBIs and hits was honored in true Big Papi style that kicked off with a roast at the House of Blues with some of the biggest names in comedy coming to town poke fun at No. 34. The event which benefited Ortiz’ nonprofit The David Ortiz Children’s Fund, was hosted by comic Josh Wolf with comments by former teammate Dustin Pedroia, Papi’s Dunkin Donuts “Sippin’” co-singer New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski, and local comedians Bill Burr and Lenny Clarke. All of the monies raised went to Ortiz’s Fund’s mission of providing lifesaving heart surgeries for children in the Dominican Republic and New England through its partnerships with the World Pediatric Project and MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

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The weekend’s celebrations also included a haute unveiling at Fenway Park where the designated hitter’s number was retired and the City of Boston renamed Yawkey Way Ext. David Ortiz Drive.

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On Friday night, fans had a chance to see Ortiz’ number retired at Fenway Park while Dustin Pedroia honored his fellow teammate with a few words. Former teammates Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek and Pedro Martinez also attended as well as other Red Sox retired great’s numbers, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice and Wade Boggs. After Pedroia addressed the crowd, Big Papi took the field to say, “The little guy made me cry.” He thanked the fans by saying, “You guys were always there for us. I love you Boston. Thank you.”

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JetBlue also chose to honor Big Papi in their own special way with his #34 shirt hanging prominently at Gate #34 at Boston Logan’s Terminal C. 

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Even though he has retired, David Ortiz’ legendary career will continue to live on at Fenway Park in the hearts of Red Sox Nation.

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