Big Papi Takes Swings at Rekindling Idiots Era Magic

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Big Papi Takes Swings at Rekindling Idiots Era Magic

FT. MYERS, Fla. – They're here to see the last of the Idiots, the final vestige of the greatest moment in New England sports history. All the rest of the 2004 Boston Red Sox are gone, off to other teams, to retirement, to opining on television, to coaching, to playing Mr. Mom. And here is David Ortiz – the most beloved player to wear a Red Sox uniform since, what, Yaz? – handing a pouch of Red Man to a fan whose friends never will believe the dip was once Big Papi's and signing autographs for others who don't know whether to call him Papi or David or Mr. Ortiz or, in the case of one tongue-tied man, a grunt of acknowledgement thanking him for giving Boston what 86 years of players couldn't.

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