David Ortiz steals Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club name for Dominican Republic hotspot Forty-Forty: suit
BY ALISON GENDAR
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Papers filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court claim Big Papi visited the sleek hotspot in the Flatiron District and liked it so much, he stole it like Jeter steals second base.
After enjoying the rap mogul’s hospitality, Boston’s designated hitter opened a club called Forty-Forty in his native Dominican Republic, the $5 million suit says.
Lawyers said it can’t be a coincidence.
Ortiz stopped into the W. 25th St. hangout when the Red Sox were in town to play the Yankees and was there during an All-Star Game celebration, the suit claimed.
The lawyers even included photos of Ortiz living it up at the real 4-0/40 Club.
They say the Web site for his copycat club “blatantly trades on the goodwill and fame” Jay-Z and his partners have built up.
Ortiz could not be reached for comment.
The name of both clubs is based on baseball’s 4-0/40 club for players who have stolen 40 bases and hit 40 home runs in a single season.
There are four players in the elite group. Ortiz, who has stolen only 10 bases in his entire career, is not one of them.