Red Sox retire No. 34 for David Ortiz

Red Sox retire No. 34 for David Ortiz

"It's an honor to get to see my number right next to all those legends", Ortiz said. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts each added a double while Dustin Pedroia and Andrew Benintendi also added base hits of their own in the loss. He even gave a poignant recognition to Kirby Puckett, the late Hall of Famer who inspired him to ask for No. 34 when he arrived in Boston 14 years ago.

Big Papi threw the ball more like 50 Cent than a baseball player being celebrated for 20 fantastic season in the big leagues.

Asked about his future with the organization, Ortiz said he has been in conversation with Boston's front office about a role with the team but hasn't hammered anything down yet.

"And finally, I want to thank you guys, the fans", he said.

Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz #34 reacts during his jersey retirement ceremony before a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on June 23, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. But it was the first game Ortiz attended since he walked off the field for the final time as a player last October.

"After that, he just made a decision to argue and poked me in the chest".

"When he came to me and we discussed it, we got together as a crew, and Ryan told us what he had". "I was going to do his thing (pointing his hands in the air) but I forgot".

"It looked like Abad balked, then stopped, and it looked like the catcher (Christian) Vazquez tried to call time, but the balk happened before all that happened", Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

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The Red Sox were seeking to add depth while Pablo Sandoval is dealing with an inner ear infection that sent him to the disabled list this week. Fister pitched against the Red Sox in the 2013 ALCS, holding Boston to one run over eight innings in the epic series.

The Boston Red Sox claimed right-hander Doug Fister off waivers in a move to provide depth to a rotation that has struggled with injuries. But by staying away, he actually did them a favor.

Ortiz joins 10 other former Red Sox and Jackie Robinson as the only individuals to have their numbers retired.

Without Ortiz's booming voice, the leadership alongside Pedroia is still taking shape. "Yes, he is 'Big Papi.' But I feel like 'Grampa'".

No. 34 has been memorialized on Fenway's right-field facade.

"I think that he stayed ahead of the count well tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if that is at the root of his decision to keep the space that he's done".

With three World Series titles - including the 2004 championship that ended an 86-year drought - Ortiz dragged the ballclub out of its dynasty of disappointment and gave a fresh generation of Bostonians reason to fall in love with the Red Sox anew.

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