Boston renaming street after retired Red Sox player Ortiz


The mayor's office says a street near Fenway Park now known as Yawkey Way Extension will be renamed David Ortiz Drive.

Ortiz paid a visit to Gate C34 Friday, where JetBlue unveiled their redesigned gate in honor of the Red Sox legend.

Himself a fan favorite in New England, Edelman tweeted out a photo of the David Ortiz street sign and offered up some encouragement on Friday. "What better place than Boston for this to happen?"

Ortiz retired last season after spending 14 of his 20 Major League seasons with the Red Sox. Among the honors was the announcement of a quick turnaround before he would be back for a number retirement ceremony this summer.

David Ortiz addresses the crowd that gathered for the renaming ceremony Thursday. I love this city.

Ortiz's No. 34 will be added to the right field façade at Fenway Park alongside the numbers of Bobby Doerr, Joe Cronin, Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk, Jackie Robinson, and Ortiz's former teammate Pedro Martinez. In his career with the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins, he finished with a 286 average, 541 homers, and 1,768 RBIs. He then added two more titles - the only player on all three Boston championship teams this millennium. He famously told Fenway Park at the first Red Sox game following the Boston Marathon bombings that "This is our f-- city".

It's our effing city, and this is Big Papi's road.