So Red is participating in this pretty cool thing on ESPN (alongside Amalie Benjamin, and he is burstingly proud, natch) that's choosing the face of each MLB franchise. For the Red Sox, the choices are Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield, the Green Monster, Big Papi, and I think there were one or two others but really, the only choice in my opinion is Big Papi. I thought Jayson Stark wrote a nice blurb (he had Monday; Amalie has today and Red has Wednesday):
If Fenway Park were an actual person, it would be the face of this franchise. But the next-closest thing is Big Papi, a man with a presence every bit as mammoth as the Green Monster. Is it The Smile? The electric current that rips through Fenway as Ortiz stomps toward home plate? The 54 homers he whomped last year? The back-to-back RBI titles? The Jordan-esque ability this man has to own what seems like every Big Moment? Oh, it's all of that, actually. But it's also more than that. David Ortiz just has a way of embracing everything there is to embrace about the team he plays for and the people who worship that team. That way has turned the Red Sox into his team and Boston into his town.
I wholeheartedly agree, and voted as much on the poll (no way to direct-link the Red Sox page; you just have to click on the logo on the right-hand side to get to it). What do you think?