David Ortiz Smashes Tennis Balls (And Various Other Stuff) In TurboTax’s New Ad

It’s a new year, which also means that it’s the start of tax season. I’ve done my own taxes since I was 16, typically using TurboTax. While doing your taxes can be annoying, TurboTax always seems to make it easier. And getting a refund is great…about 83 percent of returns got one last year. Some tax experts argue that it’s better to have less taken out in the first place, and not get a refund. But for me, I just like having a check come in those depressing winter months…money from stuff I did last year.

So onto the TurboTax commercial. This amusing spot stars the newly retired David Ortiz. “Big Papi” hung it up in October, retiring as probably the most beloved Boston Red Sox player ever. He also may have had the greatest last season ever. So now he’s putting his hitting ability to use in a new side job…as a tennis instructor. We see him practicing his craft perhaps a little too zealously at a snooty-seeming tennis club. He smashes a car windshield, knocks food off a waiter’s platter, beheads a statue, causes a fire, and embeds a tennis ball into a wedding cake. All with his mighty swings. The problem is that Big Papi’s losing so many balls in the process. Not to worry though, the helpful TurboTax support woman tells him that he’s able to deduct the cost of the balls. So useful. Then we see that his next lesson is with the lady whose windshield he smashed at the beginning. The tennis player in pink is played by Ilka Urbach, the TurboTax woman is Brenda Romero, and the befuddled groom is Eric Satterberg. Love it! David Ortiz bashing the hell out of things is a great advertising trope.

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