At Fenway Park, LEGO introduced it’s more-than-life-size statue of David Ortiz made out of LEGO bricks. The super-realistic monument immortalizes Big Papi in his signature post-home run stance. It was constructed with 34,510 bricks, took 290 hours to build, weighs 170 pounds, and stands at 6’7” to the top of his left finger. LEGO Ortiz was the star of LEGO Day at Fenway and will be installed permanently in the legendary stadium. Here is a look back at LEGO in the world of sports.
In 1965, at the request of the football coach, a team of scientists (led by Dr. Robert Cade) at the University of Florida developed Gatorade. 50 years later, it’s synonymous with sports drinks, and is firmly a part of American pop culture. The Gators may have taken 26 years to win an officially recognized SEC Championship, but at least they weren’t thirsty.
Wayne Gretzky is one of winter’s heroes, says Santa Claus. The Great One made a cameo on Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons, appearing in Maggie’s Christmas nightmare. She comes across Santa who enlists Gretzky, the Abominable Snowman and Jack Frost. Here is every sports figure to have appeared on the animated television series through its 28 seasons.