Jillian’s has stood in the shadows of Fenway Park for decades. We’ve seen a lot of professional athletes come and go over the years, many who have passed through these halls to bowl, play pool and attend charity events. This October is like many other former Octobers, but it is also unlike many of its predecessors. For this October, Boston bids adieu to David Ortiz, the face of the Boston Red Sox for the past fourteen years and perhaps – no, certainly – the most iconic and beloved sports figure to ever set foot on a baseball diamond (there are always contrarians, but we are clearly biased).
If good fortune and fate rekindle this fall, perhaps it will be an October to remember: one that will emphatically punctuate the historic and wildly successful career of a man who helped deliver Boston its first World Series championship in over eighty-six years and unite a city during its darkest hour.
Big Papi, from the bottom of our hearts, we want to say ‘thank you’. Thank you for dropping by to shoot some pool, thank you for every single baseball you ever crushed over the Green Monster that met its final destination on Lansdowne Street and, above all else, thank you for making us proud to say we’re Bostonians.
You’re always welcome here. Best of luck in retirement and go Sox!