David Ortiz montage set to John Lennon’s “Imagine” plays at the Red Sox’ home opener

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David Ortiz is a big deal in Boston. I’m not denying that. He is the longest lasting symbol of a decade and a half of the best baseball the Red Sox ever played. He was an important and inspirational figure in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. He’s someone, I feel anyway, who should be in the Hall of Fame one day. Most players aren’t worthy of a farewell tour like he’s getting, but I feel like he’e entitled to his.

That said, it’s possible to go a bit overboard. Or to maybe make some missteps in this regard. Maybe it’ll just take a little while for the Sox to get the tone down just right for his farewell tour. For now, however, they’re starting out a bit . . . something:

David Ortiz is a lot of things, but a subject of an anthem about global peace and harmony doesn’t strike me as one of those things. He doesn’t strike some other people that way that way either:

I dunno. You do you, Boston, but if you’re starting out with “Imagine” in the home opener I have no idea where you’re going to go for October.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”