Thanks for the memories David Ortiz.
One of the top clutch hitters in baseball history played his final game Monday night against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. The Indians completed a three-game sweep with a 4-3 win in the American League Division Series.
But the loss didn’t overshadow his mark that he left on the city of Boston. From his charitable contributions to putting a smile on the face of everyone that he came in contact with, Ortiz will be remembered for far more than his on-field greatness.
After the game was over, fans started chanting, “Thank you, Papi.” After addressing his teammates in the clubhouse, Ortiz returned to the field where he stood and saluted the crowd.
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“Tonight when I walk to the mound I realize that – I realize that it was going to be – it was over,” Ortiz told reporters. “It was pretty much the last time as a player (I would) walk in front of a crowd. And the emotion came back out again.”
The 40-year-old’s storied career includes three World Series rings, six Silver Slugger awards and 10 All-Star appearances.
In 85 postseason games the lefty hit .289, going 88-for-304, with 17 home runs and 61 RBI to tie Derek Jeter for fourth-most in Major League Baseball history. Ortiz’s 59 postseason walks are also the most in Red Sox history.
Pro athletes and fans around the country paid their respects to one of the best players to ever put on a Red Sox uniform.
@davidortiz congrats on a HoF career on and off the field my friend! God Bless you and Tiff moving forward! Btw get little mannys hair cut!
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) October 11, 2016
— Bengie Molina (@BengieMolina1) October 11, 2016
— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) October 11, 2016
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) October 11, 2016
Even Dunkin Donuts got in on the action as they honored “Big Papi” with a self portrait made out of 10,000 donuts. For each donut, the company donated 34 cents (Ortiz’s number) to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
— ThePostGame (@ThePostGame) October 5, 2016