David Ortiz uses helicopter ride for good look at corn maze tribute (pics)
David Ortiz’s final MLB season has seen its fair share of tributes to celebrate the slugger’s fantastic career. But earlier this week Ortiz had to hop inside a helicopter in order to fully bear witness the lengths that were taken to properly thank him for all the memories.
A farm in Sterling, Mass., created a massive corn maze to pay tribute to Ortiz. In it, the slugger is shown making his patented gesture of pointing to the sky with the words, “THANK YOU BIG PAPI” carved out in the cornfield.
The incredible story of @RedSox nation gifting @davidortiz a corn maze: https://t.co/J3DRf36F9r pic.twitter.com/Vrijv3JM0L
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 30, 2016
David Ortiz’s face is carved in to a Sterling corn maze https://t.co/rgm56XjBZg pic.twitter.com/RHUafNXVAQ
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 26, 2016
Ortiz was on hand for the “ribbon-cutting” ceremony, which of course involved him using a bat to slash through a cornstalk as opposed to the more traditional giant pair of scissors.
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz checks out his image carved into a Sterling corn maze https://t.co/UkyE041q8p pic.twitter.com/eXk3CmysjT
— WorcesterHerald (@WorcesterHerald) August 30, 2016
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz immortalized in corn maze https://t.co/pKxxrhXACx pic.twitter.com/4P0HVZzgMx
— ChicagoSports (@ChicagoSports) August 31, 2016
Ortiz — who got a bird’s eye view of the corn maze tribute via a helicopter ride that rose to an altitude of 1,700 feet — admitted to being pretty flattered by the impressive amount of work that goes into creating a corn maze in such detail.
Time lapse of the making of the corn maze @47Brand built for David Ortiz https://t.co/7FCv5hsX9r
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 30, 2016
“Hope you guys are having fun,” Ortiz said. “This is incredible. I think it’s something very special and something is hard to put together. It’s an honor to be here in this very beautiful cornfield. I love corn by the way.”
Sports-themed corn mazes have become a welcome and amusing annual rite of passage as summer segues into fall. With that in mind, while Big Papi’s corn maze tribute may be one of the first of the season, it most certainly won’t be the last.