Big Papi going to The Show

AL MVP runner-up and Red Sox DH David Ortiz hits 'em long for cover of Sony's next baseball games on PSP, PS2.

Sure, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez walked away with the MLB American League Most Valuable Player Award and a paycheck of $25.7 million this year, but there's one thing he doesn't have (besides a World Series ring): a slot on the cover of a 2006 baseball game. 2005 AL MVP runner-up and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David "Big Papi" Ortiz exacted some revenge on his AL East rival by signing a deal with Sony Computer Entertainment to appear on the cover of MLB '06: The Show.

Ortiz has put together two phenomenal back-to-back years, and his late-game dingers rightfully made him one of the league's most feared hitters and put him high on the ballot to win his first MVP award, which eventually went to Rodriguez. His bid was cut short with the argument that he doesn't actually play the field (the DH position is strictly offensive), but that hasn't stopped game publishers from seeking his services and popularity as a cover athlete.

In addition to Sony's recent announcement, Ortiz was slotted to appear on the cover of last year's Nintendo Pennant Chase Baseball, which was canceled late in development. The decision by Nintendo to use Ortiz is a testament to the slugger's appeal. Nintendo, who owns a stake in the Seattle Mariners, could have easily chosen M's outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is practically revered as a god back in the company's home country of Japan.

MLB '06: The Show will slide into homes next spring on the PlayStation 2 and PSP. Rating and pricing information have not been decided. To see how the veteran franchise is shaping up for next season, check back later this week for GameSpot's preview.

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21 comments
oomongo
oomongo

My question is does it really matter who is on the cover if the game isn't as good as others in the genre? In rivalry sports games (until developers started going exclusive) it never mattered to me who was on the cover of the game. I'm a Yankee fan, but I never bought 2k6 because I liked other games more. I'm just curious how other people feel about the subject.

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

"Big Papi" indeed. I liked "Papi" from last year's "Big Brother" way better.

BruceLee16
BruceLee16

Sweet. See i didnt know that. And an xbox fanboy sticking up for another. How cute.

NeutralWar
NeutralWar

Actually, Ichiro can speak english fluently, he just chooses not to speak to the media in english.

Metamorphos1s
Metamorphos1s

Dominican baseball players are the best. They should've picked arod if they wanted some one who can speak english.

8081
8081

U where probably serious until rsjet said something.

BruceLee16
BruceLee16

U mean you coudlnt tell i was being sarcastic with the ichiro statement. Sad.

dru26
dru26

I thought a game was already out with King Kong on the cover.

danielanon
danielanon

I think they just got Ortiz because MLB 2K6 will have Jeter, and they figure if you don't like the yankees or having a Yankee on your game cover, then you will buy a game with a red sox player instead. I personally don't care who is on the cover but jeter being my favorite player and me being a yankee fan makes me want the 2K6 game more. And also that game is great and sports games are better on xbox than ps2.

angel_theone
angel_theone

sweet my favorite baseball player are from latin america Baby!

FFzelda005
FFzelda005

Who's your Papi! :P Sweet! Go BoSox!

rsjet
rsjet

HA ...you think Ichiro can speak English? At least Ortiz tries, Ichiro has to use a translator.

BruceLee16
BruceLee16

That guy can barely speak english. They'd be better off with Ichiro. I think Midway should make a new slugfest game and put Barry "Balco" Bonds on the cover.

Sinister904
Sinister904

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