By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
David Ortiz has never been camera shy, so it shouldn’t come as a total shock that the former Boston Red Sox slugger will return to the spotlight next month when he stars in a brand new reality television show called “Big Papi Needs A Job” on Fusion, according The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
The show (10 episodes), which is scheduled to debut on Wednesday, January 31st, will feature Ortiz trying out various professions, including a stadium tour guide, dog groomer, manicurist and musician, per the report.
Which job will be the ideal fit for Ortiz? Who knows, but this show certainly has potential to succeed because the protagonist is extremely well-liked in the city of Boston and should attract some non-baseball fans that follow his brand, too. Additionally, his work in these various roles (or assignments) could help local business or companies, too – maybe viewers that are seeking new opportunities or career-switches will apply to these places after watching their all-time favorite Boston Red Sox slugger attempt to become the next-best musician or dog groomer – hey, anything is possible, right?
I do have a few questions regarding this BIG announcement/10 episode series, and they are the following:
- Will Ortiz consider doing another season after the show concludes in late winter/early spring?
- Will Ortiz actually take accept (or take on) a new role that is not related to baseball?
- And finally, will this series inspire other former athletes to star their own show or perhaps attempt to pick-up a side gig in their retirement?
All in all, I am certainly interest in tuning in and seeing which job he excels at, and perhaps if he accepts an offer at one of these companies, too. Expect a few blog posts (or maybe a podcast or video) about the show once it begins next month!