It is November and every street corner in America is littered with signs stating “Joe Blow for City Council” or “Random Woman for County Treasury,” and the city of Boston is no different. Tuesday was voting day in Boston, and one position being voted on was city Mayor. Only two candidates were actively running, Marty Walsh and John Connolly, but a name got enough write in votes that he could be considered a third candidate.
Leading the write in votes, therefore finishing third in the running for Boston mayor, was none other than Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. We have all heard the cliche thrown out by announcers that a given athlete could be mayor of the city he plays in, but this last vote might put some truth behind that cliche.
Now, he wasn’t a real threat to win the run for mayor — the winner got over 72,000 votes and Ortiz got only 560 votes. Regardless, this is proof that Ortiz is one of the most popular athletes to ever play in the city of Boston.
What Ortiz has done in a Red Sox uniform is incredible; he has helped bring three rings to the city in a decade, but where does he stand on the cities list of greats? There are several players who had better careers than Ortiz; for example, none greater than Ted Williams. But Williams wasn’t exactly beloved by sports writers, and wasn’t the biggest fan favorite the city has ever seen.
Ortiz just might be the second most popular sports figure in Boston’s history, behind Larry Bird, and who knows, if this baseball thing doesn’t work out, maybe he has a future in politics.