Big Papi is going from the baseball diamond to the television screen.
Retired baseball legend David Ortiz will be appearing in the 10-part docu-reality series “Big Papi Needs a Job,” which is scheduled to begin airing in January on Fusion. The show is expected to follow the escapades and odd-job hunting adventures of the future Hall of Famer as he tries to settle into a post-baseball career.
“Ever since I was a kid I’ve never been known for sitting still — after 20 years on the field, I’m ready for something new,” Ortiz said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve always been about trying new things, and this series is all about that. I’ve been meeting new people and having a lot of fun. I can’t wait for fans to come along for the ride.”
Some of the show’s advertised jobs include musician, dog groomer, tour guide and manicurist.
If music is the next stop for Boston’s home run king, let’s hope he has something better up his sleeve than the single he put out with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, “Sippin,” two years ago. The song didn’t sell, but Dunkin’ Donuts surely made a fortune pitting two of Boston’s sports icons in a video together.
As for Ortiz becoming a dog groomer, that’ll have to be seen to believe. There has to be more to a post-baseball career than a 6-foot-3, 230-pound bat-wielding machine brushing papillons and poodles.
A tour guide could be a good gig, especially if it’s at Fenway Park. There would be nothing more satisfying for a dedicated Red Sox fan to go on a stadium tour with Ortiz as the guide. It sure beats having him as a manicurist. Keep your nails the hell away from Big Papi.
Other interesting jobs would have been a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, plumber, actor, cowboy, chef and a backup dancer.
Even at age 42, Ortiz could join a local gym and give amateur MMA or kickboxing a try. He has too much size and athleticism to let it go to waste. Who wouldn’t want to watch the former baseball star slug it out on a smaller show with some average Joe with the same experience?
It would also be great to see him trade in the four -ounce gloves for a chef hat. Maybe he can even get Chef Gordon Ramsay in on the action. An All-Star cook-off show for charity would be an interesting collaboration, assuming Big Papi knows how to cook. He definitely knows how to eat. There is also always the opportunity of jumping on board with the “Dancing with the Stars” phenomenon. Maybe Ortiz has a few never-before-seen moves to break out.
The world is his playground, and he is having a ball playing in it. Who said retirement life had to be dull and boring?
It’s a well-deserved opportunity for one of baseball’s true good guys.