Gate 34 at Bos­ton’s Lo­gan Air­port to be named af­ter Big Papi

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Red Sox fans will soon have an­other mem­ory of re­cent­lyre­tired slug­ger David Or­tiz when trav­el­ing out of Bos­ton’s Lo­gan Air­port. An em­ployee of JetBlue Air­lines an­nounced to Big Papi and a crowd that the air­line was nam­ing Gate 34 in Ter­mi­nal C af­ter him dur­ing a pri­vate party to honor the star at a res­tau­rant in Bos­ton’s Sea­port District on Fri­day night. “You mean I’m go­ing to have my own gate at the air­port?” Or­tiz said, hold­ing a mi­cro­phone on the stage. “You’re (mess­ing) with me, aren’t you?” The event was spon­sored by JetBlue, MasterCard, Bank of Amer­ica and Dunkin Donuts and was billed as “an evening ded­i­cated to honor­ing David Or­tiz.” The 40-year-old slug­ger re­tired af­ter his 20th sea­son in the ma­jors when Bos­ton was swept in the ALDS by Cleve­land last month. He went out with a solid reg­u­lar sea­son, hit­ting .315 with 38 homers and 127 RBIs in his 14th and fi­nal with the Red Sox.

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