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. – Over The Monster
David Ortiz’s name will take it’s rightful place alongside Yawkey Way this week, as the city of Boston and the Red Sox are turning Yawkey Way Extension into David Ortiz Drive. I’ll be at the number retirement/baseball game tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to see Big Papi back on the Fenway diamond. He’s the greatest Red Sox player of my generation, and will obviously go down in history as one of the handful of greats the organization has ever had. I watch that grand slam video I embedded above on a weekly basis, and there’s about a dozen more videos where he’s heroically winning the game for the Sox. Congrats to David Ortiz.
Riding off into the sunset pic.twitter.com/wZXovseGKS
— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
I don’t know if this is an official retirement or not, but if it is, good for Jared Allen. Some guys need to hold a big press conference or announce it at the beginning of the season so everyone can swing their boners at them and tell them how great they were. Not Jared Allen. All he needs is to bring a popular phrase to life by literally riding off into the sunset (or the cloudy sky). Allen has been a great defensive lineman for the Chiefs, Vikings, Bears & Panthers, racking up 136 total sacks in his career, which would lead all active players. He led the NFL in sacks twice and made five pro bowls, and has one of the best sack celebrations ever. Plus, he wore number 69. If you can’t root for a guy wearing number 69 then you have no soul. If this is truly the end for Allen, then thanks for a great career, and have fun riding horses into the cloudy skies.
“Brandon Moore has texted ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini to dispute the original report, saying that he is waiting for the right opportunity After testing the free agency waters and finding them unsuitable, former Jets offensive guard Brandon Moore is expected to retire after 10 seasons in the NFL, according to ESPN contributor Adam Caplan. Moore originally signed with the Jets in 2002 as an undrafted free agent and served as an anchor on the team’s offensive line for the next decade, starting 142 games, including a streak of 137 straight. Cap issues and the selection of guard Brian Winters in the 2013 draft prompted the Jets to part ways with Moore this offseason. Moore was pursued by and took visits to the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins, but did not reach an agreement with either. Reports suggested the 33-year-old was asking for starting player money and teams were unwilling to go that high. Despite his many accomplishments on the field over his 10 seasons, including a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, Moore is perhaps best known for his role in the 2012 Mark Sanchez “Buttfumble” incident. That’s him, No. 65, unintentionally demolishing his quarterback and creating a yet-unbroken streak on SportsCenter’s Worst of the Worst”. – sbnation.com
You were born Brandon Moore, but you’ll always be known as “butt fumble” to us. An ode to “butt fumble”:
You were a Jet, always on guard
Wearing green and white, battered and scarred
You protected Mark, as best as you could
Though your team was better off, with an old piece of wood
You wore number 65, a proud and strong man
Who was showered with love, from every Jets fan
Men ran behind you, coaches would cheer
As every D tackle, would cower in fear
Now it’s all over, retirement at last
We’ll never forget, that big beautiful ass.
Fly away sweet prince. Fly away and be free.