A few years after he retires and settles in a quiet island off the coast, David Ortiz will be given a statue somewhere in the city of Boston.
While there are several statues of famous Boston athletes around the city, the most notable ones are Red Auerbach’s, Bill Russell’s, Ted Williams‘, and perhaps Bobby Orr’s. Ortiz is certain to have his likeness molded out into one of the more memorable statues not just in the city, but likely all throughout the country.
Larry Bird is due to receive his own statues as well, and that will likely be outside TD Bank, or perhaps where the old Boston Garden was built. That same answer for Ortiz may be a bit less clear. The Ted Williams statue, as well as “The Teammates” monument both stand outside Fenway Park. Sure ,there is probably room for a Big Papi statue somewhere around the stadium, but wouldn’t it be more fun to see David Ortiz standing in Quincy Market, or perhaps near Beacon Hill?
David Ortiz truly resonates with the city of Boston on a higher level than that of some of the cities most significant athletes. No one will ever forget his comments during his pregame speech regarding the Boston Bombing last year. And no player meant more to the city when he brought the Red Sox out from the Curse of the Bambino.
A statue of Ortiz anywhere in the city would be appropriate and while Fenway Park may be the most likely destination, I would love to hear where you think the most fitting place for a statue of Big Papi may be around the greater Boston area. Comment below if you have any suggestions as to where you would like to see a big-bronze David Ortiz grinning at you when you’re walking around the city of Boston.