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.”​

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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