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Jay-Z sues Red Sox hitter Big Papi over 40/40 club name

April 16, 2010 | 12:48 pm

Jayz-yankess You think a guy who rode the New York Yankees' World Series victory float is going to cut a Boston Red Sox slugger any slack?

Jay-Z and business partner Juan Perez are suing the Red Sox's David Ortiz, a.k.a. "Big Papi," alleging the designated hitter named his Dominican Republic establishment Forty/Forty to take advantage of the popularity and reputation of their exclusive 40/40 chain of sports clubs.

(Inside baseball: The term "40/40 club" refers to the very few players who've clocked 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. Ortiz is not one of them. There's a "30/30 club" too, but where's the fun in that?)

What do you think -- any chance folks might confuse 40/40 with Forty/Forty? And yes, we do realize that's not the point.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jay-Z. Credit: Chris Trotman / Getty Images.

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