If we learned anything about David Ortiz during his 20-year career in Major League Baseball, it was that he like cameras. Ortiz was a media favorite, a staple of local and national advertising, and the guy most likely to run onto the field during the Home Run Derby holding a Gatorade bottle. So it's no surprise he plans to stay on camera in retirement, even beyond his gig as an analyst on Fox's postseason baseball coverage.
The cable network Fusionannounced Tuesdaythat it will partner will Ortiz on a new 10-part reality series called "Big Papi Needs a Job," in which the former slugger tests out professions such as dog groomer, manicurist, and musician in search of a new career.
From all-time great slugger to dog groomer? Manicurist? Musician?
If Fusion really wants to get creative, they can center Ortiz's endeavors around the calendar and month of October. Based on the former Red Sox star's track record, he'll probably have a ton of success that month.
Ortiz retired after the 2016 season. The left-handed hitter crushed 541 home runs and posted a 141 OPS+ across a legendary career. Only 18 other hitters in big league history have hit that many home runs with an adjusted OPS as good as Ortiz's mark. The designated hitter will eligible for the Hall of Famein 2021.