Walsh announces ‘David Ortiz Drive’ near Fenway
First he got a bridge. Next up may be a roadway.
David Ortiz, the retiring Red Sox slugger who was showered with thanks and praise at Fenway Park Sunday, became tearful as he recalled his late mother.
Last week, state legislators — joined by Governor Charlie Baker — moved to rename the Brookline Avenue Bridge after Big Papi.
And on Monday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Red Sox announced they are pitching for a David Ortiz Drive. The plan is to rename the current Yawkey Way Extension in his honor.
Walsh announced the name change at the pregame ceremony Sunday at Fenway Park, saying, “David Ortiz is a true Bostonian and he embodies the spirit of our great city.”
Yawkey Way Extension connects Maitland Street and Brookline Avenue.
It was built in 2013 and given the temporary name. The extension connects Fenway Park and the MBTA’s Yawkey Station. A pedestrian plaza along the street is lined with the retired numbers of Red Sox greats.
The name change has a process. Street-name changes must be approved by the city’s Public Improvement Commission, which, according to officials, expects to hear the petition from the Red Sox before Opening Day 2017.