As retirement approaches, Big Papi immortalized in LEGOs, corn

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LEGO® SYSTEMS, INC. - In this image released on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz admires the detail of his life-size LEGO likeness on home plate at Fenway Park in Boston. Made from more than 34,500 bricks, the LEGO Big Papi model was permanently installed on the Kids Concourse before LEGO Day at Fenway Park. (Damian Strohmeyer/AP Images for LEGO® Systems, Inc.)

BOSTON (WPRI/AP) — As the baseball season enters its final weeks, the farewell tour for Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is hitting fever pitch.

Wednesday, LEGO unveiled a life-size statue of the designated hitter on home plate at Fenway Park. The statue was made in Big Papi’s likeness out of 34,500 LEGO bricks.

LEGO Master Builder Jeff Rushby is the one who put the statue together. It took him 290 hours.

Wednesday’s ceremony comes the day after a corny tribute to Ortiz.

A corn maze dedicated to Ortiz was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: “I love corn.”

The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz’s trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It’s accompanied by the phrase “Thanks Big Papi.”

The maze opens to the public on Saturday.

Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured.

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