Unscripted

Fusion swings into docureality with “Big Papi Needs a Job”

Former Major League Baseball player and three-time World Series champion David “Big Papi” Ortiz is stepping up to the plate in a forthcoming docuseries for Univision-owned cable channel Fusion TV. A ...
December 19, 2017

Former Major League Baseball player and three-time World Series champion David “Big Papi” Ortiz is stepping up to the plate in a forthcoming docuseries for Univision-owned cable channel Fusion TV.

A Fusion Original Series produced in conjunction with Matador Content, Big Papi Needs a Job will follow the former MLB ten-time All-Star as he embarks upon the post-baseball phase of his life.

Each episode of the 10 x 30-minute docu-reality series will document Ortiz as he seeks gainful employment by experimenting with a raft of professions that pique his interest, from a Fenway Park tour guide to dog grooming and from a manicurist to musician.

Ortiz played 20 seasons in the MLB, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, but also with the Minnesota Twins. In 2004, the Dominican-American baseball player helped the Red Sox end its 86-year World Series curse and cemented him as one of Boston’s greatest sports heroes on field. He holds the all-time record for most hits and home runs by a designated hitter and, in 2015, became the 27th player in baseball history to join the 500 Home Run club.

Big Papi Needs a Job premieres Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fusion.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve never been known for sitting still─after 20 years on the field, I’m ready for something new,” said David Ortiz in a statement. “I’ve always been about trying new things, and this series is all about that. I’ve been meeting new people and having a lot of fun. I can’t wait for fans to come along for the ride.”​

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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