Friday night is going to be a big night at Fenway, with the Red Sox officially retiring David Ortiz’ number 34. The ceremony figures to be a relatively long one, which is only fitting to honor arguably the largest figure in franchise history. Some of the ceremony is going to be a surprise, but on Wednesday we learned of one portion. The city of Boston is planning to rename a street after the legendary Red Sox slugger.
The street to be renamed after him is currently known as the Yawkey Way Extension, and it lies between Brookline Ave and Yawkey Station. Starting Friday night, it will be known as David Ortiz Drive. While this is obviously a huge honor, it could be bigger. As our old friend Marc Normandin suggested last year, they should rename Yawkey Way after Ortiz. One step at a time, I suppose.
In addition to the newly named David Ortiz Drive, the playoff hero has also had a bridge named after him — the Brookline Ave Bridge — as well as having Gate 34C at Logan Airport named after him. That figures only to be the tip of the iceberg. What else are you expecting to see on Friday at Fenway?