While the Rays continue to hem and haw about honoring David Ortiz in his final appearance at Tropican Field as a player, it turns out Big Papi will actually honor The Trop.
Ortiz wears New Balance shoes and the company has announced special cleats for him to wear, and the design of the shoes are based on the opponent and where the games will take place.
For the games against the Rays at The Trop, that means grey cleats with blue studs. Why grey and blue? Here is the description via BostInno:
“Tampa Bay: The all-over grey body of the cleat is inspired by hammerhead sharks, as Tampa Bay is known to be home to many; pops of ice blue mimic the ocean where the sharks dwell. The corresponding Tampa Bay 574 will be available when the series against Tampa Bay kicks off on September 23rd for $159.99.”
Here is the shoe:
In addition to Tampa Bay, Ortiz will also wear special cleats for the Orioles (crab-themed), Yankees (taxi-themed), and Toronto (maple leaf-themed).