A Happy Belated Birthday to David Ortiz, who turned 36 yesterday. (I still believe he will be in a Red Sox uniform in 2012. The market for a DH is pretty slim right now, so his return to the Fens looks pretty good right now.)
In other Papi news, he currently has an online auction you might like to check out. The David Ortiz Celebrity Gold Classic Auction just opened yesterday, and there are many special items you can bid on. They include:
Hitting Lessons with David Ortiz - The ultimate pre game! Visit batting practice and tour the stadium prior to a 2012 home game and get to meet David Ortiz. Also included is a pair of seats for the game. (Date to be mutually agreed upon for a 2012 Home Game.)
· The Chance to play catch with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia - Step out with Dustin Pedroia, one of the best in the game! In just four years in the league, Pedroia has won several awards including the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year, 2008 AL MVP, Gold Glove, and a Silver Slugger Award. Win this once in a lifetime opportunity and get fielding tips from the Red Sox second baseman. The winner of this experience will also receive four (4) tickets to a Boston Red Sox home game at Fenway Park. (Experience to include a game of catch with Dustin Pedroia and four (4) tickets to a Boston Red Sox home game at Fenway Park for a mutually agreed upon date in the 2012 season.)
· Style360 @ New York Fashion Week - Two (2) tickets for VIP access to Style360, a multi-day fashion showcase during New York Fashion Week February 2012. Winners will be awarded VIP access to all fashion shows, backstage, media suite access, and after parties hosted at exclusive NYC nightclub. Front row seats also included. Package includes a three (3) night stay at the New York Marriott Marquis and two (2) roundtrip JetBlue Vouchers
· The Hero & Prodigy Package – Enjoy a Thirty (30) minute tennis session with Andy Roddick .The package also includes an autographed copy of Agassi’s autobiography “Open” and autographed tennis ball from both Agassi and Roddick.
· The US Open Package - Two (2) US Open Suite tickets for one (1) day session during the first week of the Tournament. A two (2) night stay at the New York Marriott Marquis plus Dinner for Two (2) at Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar and two (2) roundtrip JetBlue Vouchers
· Dominican Paradise Getaway – Once in a lifetime vacation for 12 people at the Golden Dolphin Villa located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Package includes a five (5) night, six (6) day all inclusive vacation for 12 people at the Golden Dolphin Villa. Also included are six (6) spa treatments, one (1) round of golf for six (6) players at the neighboring Playa Grande Golf Club. Meals will be prepared daily by the private chef at your request.
The bidding will continue until 11:59 PM ET on December 2nd. The auction is part of Papi's Celebrity Golf Classic, which is taking place in the Dominican Republic from December 1-4. If you'd like to make a bid, check out the David Ortiz Children's Fund site, and good luck in the bidding!