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On A-Rod And Big Papi

Two hall of famers, two very different legacies

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(The Score)

Alex Rodriguez’s retirement announcement on Sunday was acknowledged by fans and media the same way his career had been received. There were plenty of yawns, murmurs of “Finally,” and remembrance of past embarrassments. There were poor puns such as “A-Roid,” and “A-Fraud” that had been a staple of Rodriguez’s persona for his entire career. There was talk of his first mega contract. There was discussion of his final contract. Very little fanfare was sent Rodriguez’s way.

Compare that to David Ortiz’s retirement announcement at the beginning of this season. Big Papi is about as beloved a baseball player as they come. He is a large, goofy, homerun hitter to just about everyone (Minus the Evil Empire), and a near saint figure on par with Tom Brady in Boston. Ortiz has been given the Mariano retirement tour package, as every last city he visits showers him with love, respect, and goofy and heartfelt sendoff gifts.

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