Watch Gronk & Dustin Pedroia Roast Big Papi at ‘David Ortiz Charity Roast’ (Video)
Few athletes in the city of Boston’s history have had the impact that David Ortiz has over the course of his career. As the Red Sox prepare to retire his #34 in the outfield, a roast was held to celebrate the colorful sports icon.
In attendance were comedian Bill Burr, Dustin Pedroia, and naturally, Rob Gronkowski.
Here’s a (somewhat NSFW) clip of the event:
Pedroia offered up this story that’s so funny and random that it almost sounds made up (via TheScore):
It was in 2015, so I’d already played with David for, I don’t know, nine years, and I hit right in front of him for nine years. I was kind of struggling at the plate. We go on deck – we’re playing the Indians at home – and the umpire went to go pee, so the catcher blocked the ball and the ball kind of rolled over, and the catcher comes over to me and goes, ‘Hey, what’s up, Dustin?’ I go, ‘Hey, what’s up, man?’ David walks over and goes, ‘What the fuck did he call you?’ I go, ‘What?’ He goes, ‘What’d he call you?’ I said, ‘Dustin.’ He goes, ‘Well, why’d he call you that?’ I go, ‘That’s my fucking name.’ He goes, ‘Oh, is that right?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, bro. I’ve played 1,600 games with you. They’ve actually said it 5,000 fucking times. Now batting, number 15, Dustin Pedroia. And he goes, ‘I thought it was Pee-Wee.’ So now the umpire – this is dead serious – now the umpire comes back and I go – I’m standing there; I haven’t gotten a hit in a week – and I’m looking at him, I go, ‘You thought my parents would name me fucking Pee-Wee? And he’s just looking at me; we’re having a conversation. The umpire’s yelling at me. The catcher’s laughing because he can hear, kind of, what he’s saying, which is, I don’t know. That’s my favourite.
There’s not gonna be another David Ortiz, that’s for sure.