Breaking news: David Ortiz spotted cavorting with a fuzzy green creature who isn’t Wally.
The Boston Red Sox legend is in Philadelphia this weekend for the NLCS, continuing to work as a postseason studio analyst for FOX Sports, and clearly, he’s taking the gig seriously. Nothing says ‘immersing yourself in the Philly culture’ like dancing on top of the dugout with the Phillie Phanatic. (Not sarcasm.)
The Phanatic is considered MLB’s most chaotic mascot, and Ortiz appeared to relish the opportunity to dance around with him on top of one of the Citizens Bank Park dugouts.
No word yet on how Boston’s own fuzzy green king will react, but if this iconic SportsCenter clip is any indication, he won’t take the news well.
Sox fans may also take umbrage with Papi for his jersey choice. No Sox player has ever embraced Boston like Ortiz, who took several discounts to continue playing here when the owners tried to cheap out, and famously, wasn’t fined by the FCC when he declared “This is our f***ing city, and no one’s going to dictate our freedom” in a televised pregame ceremony after the Marathon Bombing. That same man – the one who finished third in the 2013 mayoral election as a write-in candidate – is wearing a Reggie White Eagles jersey.
In all seriousness, Red Sox fans know how devoted Ortiz is to them, the team, and the region. He brings up the Sox constantly during his FOX coverage even though they weren’t even close to being a postseason team. He’s often in Boston and at Fenway, and not just because they gave him some kind of ‘lifetime’ contract to remain permanently affiliated with the organization. This is truly his home by choice.
Hopefully, next postseason, he’ll have a reason to be dancing on a Fenway dugout, instead.