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Retiring Boston Red Sox Star David Ortiz Honored with a Life-Size Lego Replica

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2016
Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Amazing Big Papi Lego Statue https://t.co/DrpI6CMx5U https://t.co/bSsPsX88mf

The closer David Ortiz gets to retirement, the better the farewell presents get.

Take Exhibit A, for example.

The Boston Red Sox are hosting Lego Day at Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon. Given that a Red Sox legend is nearing the end of his career, something was made in his honor.

A life-size replica of Big Papi himself.

Let's get a look at the numbers involved in the masterpiece:

Big Papi Lego Model by the Numbers
Height (fingertip to foot)6'7"
Weight170 lbs
Number of Lego Bricks34,510
Hours of Labor290
ESPN.com's David Schoenfield

All right, so the replica doesn't have the exact same dimensions as Ortiz (6'3", 230 lbs). Lego master builder Erik Varszegi, per ESPN.com's David Schoenfield, noted that there is a steel bar from the head to the top of the legs holding the work of art together. Had it been built entirely out of Legos, the statue would weigh an estimated 400 pounds.

The entire Q&A is fascinating and provides details on the making of the Big Papi replica. In the event you wanted to make one for yourself, it's definitely worth a read.

[ESPN.com]

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