For 14 seasons, Boston Red Sox fans flocked to Fenway Park to see David Ortiz smack home runs to right. Though Ortiz is retired, his name will remain linked with the stadium for years to come.
The city of Boston dedicated a street to Ortiz on Thursday. The street formerly known as Yawkee Way Extension now goes by the name David Ortiz Drive.
Ortiz attended the dedication ceremony Thursday, and spoke about how much he loves and appreciates the city of Boston. He also praised the city’s resiliency following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Ortiz’s speech a few days after the marathon became a rallying cry for the city.
It shouldn’t be hard to get a glimpse of the new Ortiz street sign. Yawkee Way Extension was an off-shoot of Yawkee Way, the street where Fenway Park is located. Fans walking down Yankee Way simply have to cross one street, Brookline Avenue, and they have reached David Ortiz Drive. It’s basically across the street from the park.
It’s not the first thing in the city to be named after the slugger. In 2016, the city renamed a bridge after him. The David Ortiz (Big Papi) Bridge is, conveniently, also located pretty close to Fenway.
The timing for Thursday’s street dedication worked out perfectly for Ortiz. The slugger will attend Friday’s game, where the Red Sox will retire his No. 34 during a pregame ceremony.
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