Heading to the Dominican Republic for my first time ever in a few days! Why?
The David Ortiz Children’s Fund Celebrity Golf Classic. No, I’m not kidding. Let me explain…
Now yes, I’ve rooted vehemently (understatement) against Big Papi on the field. Away from it – different story. I never told anyone this but about six years ago, he and his team sent me a signed photo, personalized to a big fan who at the time was battling cancer. It meant a lot to the boy’s family and I appreciated that they accommodated the request so easily.
It makes sense Ortiz was quick to oblige; his foundation helps children in both New England and the Dominican Republic who do not have access to the critical pediatric services they need.
So when I was offered the chance to cover this event in the DR, I didn’t have to think twice about it. I met Ortiz last fall at Mohegan Sun and I’m looking forward to seeing him again this weekend.
The fact that some other current and former Yankees will be there (Johnny Damon, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Robinson Cano and Gary Sheffield) doesn’t hurt either.
Oh, and if you’d like to help the Foundation now (and maybe cross some people off your gift list), check out the Fund’s auction which just went live.
Catch ya from the DR in a few days where in the words of the great philosopher Drake, “I’ll be in the Dominican… Big Papi Ortiz!”