I have a lot of feelings about this photo, taken yesterday, as David Ortiz served as honorary captain for the New England Patriots. Among them:
- David Ortiz looks like one of the biggest baseball players around but the second you put him in a football jersey he looks like any fan out of the stands. Football players are big, y’all.
- I saw an ESPN thing yesterday with this and it talked about Ortiz being on the “Mt. Rushmore of Boston Sports,” along with Bobby Orr, Tom Brady and Larry Bird. I love me some Big Papi and, if championships are what matters, fine, Ortiz goes. I feel like Ted Williams and Yaz might demand a recount, however.
- Tom Brady has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump. David Ortiz hates Trump. Ortiz, however, as evidenced by both his words on the subject and this number 12 jersey, is a huge Brady backer, particularly with respect to Brady’s plight in the whole DeflateGate mess. Which just goes to show you: people can still disagree politically, yet still be friends.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.