Big Papi Needs a Job: Zookeeper • Latino Sports


Big Papi Needs a Job: Zookeeper



New YorK, NY – And now, a word from FUSION…

From going deep on cultural obsessions to telling impactful stories that inspire and connect us, FUSION is a network that serves up a unique blend of programming that reflects the passions and shared values of America’s diverse youth.

The FUSION Creative Board is made up of a cross-section of marquee talent including award-winning actors, filmmakers, academics, and musicians who share the network’s commitment to seeking out the next generation of creative talent and emerging voices; Henry Louis Gates Jr. serves as the Chairman of the Creative Board.

On February 21st, the fourth episode of the new docu-reality series, “Big Papi Needs a Job” will air on FUSION at 8:00pm ET/PT. Continuing his search for a new line of work after retirement, David “Big Papi” Ortiz goes to the Zoological Wildlife Foundation to become a trainee zookeeper.

Coming face to face with a variety of animals, Big Papi learns how to care for and feed them. Although he loves his pets, his animal magnetism will be put to the test as he handles these exotic creatures.

About the Series

“Big Papi Needs a Job” follows David “Big Papi” Ortiz, one of the most decorated and beloved players in Red Sox history, as he embarks upon the post-baseball phase of his life. The 10-part half-hour series follows the all-star as he seeks gainful employment ─ exploring a range of different professions ─ and sometimes learning not everything comes as natural to him as America’s favorite pastime.

Each episode follows “Big Papi” as he embraces a new job that piques his interest—from heading back to his old stomping grounds of Fenway Park to be a tour guide, to trying out his skills as a dog groomer, manicurist and musician.

After initial training, he’ll be thrust into line of duty, quickly learning how to sink or swim as he’s put to task. Along the way, we’ll hear from his on-the-job managers and clients to hear what they think of Big Papi’s work and, most importantly, if they think he has a future in the industry. With Ortiz’s up-for-anything attitude and all-star personality, each week “Big Papi Needs a Job” promises to be an adventure like no other.

David Ortiz has created a name for himself on the baseball field by being one of the most successful players, not only in Red Sox history, but throughout the sport of baseball. His heroics in ending the Red Sox World Series curse in 2004 and record-breaking MVP performance in the 2013 World Series have earned him legendary status as one of Boston’s greatest sports heroes on field and off.

A ten-time All-Star and three-time World Series Champion, Ortiz is recognized as one of the greatest and most popular players of this era. 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” is a FUSION Original Series produced in conjunction with Matador Content.


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