Coming this winter to Fenway Park: A 100-foot-tall skiing and snowboarding ramp!
Boston and its famed ballpark may have spent much of this winter buried under a pile of snow, but take heart, Sox fans: At least next year you'll be able to turn all that snow into something great. (You know, besides Pablo Sandoval approximating the purest form of joy known to man.)
This coming February, the Fenway Park outfield -- home to Williams and Rice and Yaz and this guy -- will be transformed into a giant 100-foot ramp as part of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association's U.S. Grand Prix tour. In honor of this momentous occasion, we thought it only fitting to assemble a preliminary and highly scientific Red Sox Winter Sports power ranking, finally answering that eternal question: "Just how great would it be to watch David Ortiz go skiing?" The top five:
5. Dustin Pedroia
Definitely has the physique to pull it off, and his never-ending feud with the sun suggests he'll excel in the colder climate. Plus, he's 5-foot-8, so he's probably aerodynamic (note: we are not physics majors). Our only concern is the outside chance that Boston sees enough snow to literally swallow him whole.
4. David Ortiz
He may not be the obvious choice, but after a decade of stuff like this, we aren't going to be the ones to count Papi out. Ortiz will probably struggle out of the gate, only to come through in the clutch and storm back to win the whole thing (are there walk-offs in skiing/snowboarding?). Plus, he's spent his entire career in Boston and Minnesota, so we know he's accustomed to a whole bunch of snow.
3. Hanley Ramirez
He may not win, but watching him struggle to keep his helmet on will be worth the price of admission.
2. Mookie Betts
Was there ever any doubt? I mean, just look at this guy:
That is the face of athletic excellence. Will Wally shock the world and take home the first-ever mascot skiing title? There's only one way to find out: The event will be broadcast on NBC on Feb. 13.