The game after the Red Sox' bats came alive on an evening honoring David Ortiz, they came back a little too late last night. (19) after hitting a two-run home run that scored Andrew Benintendi, right, against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Boston.
"David Ortiz is a legend on and off the field", Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday."This city means a lot to me", Ortiz said.
"When I chose to wear that number, I was proud of wearing it because of the person that I was wearing it for", Ortiz said.
Ortiz was well deserving of the honor, having made 10 All-Star games and winning three World Series championships as a member of the Red Sox. "I keep saying, "Continue to stick around and hopefully we just win a series, '" said Cameron Maybin, who has been outstanding in center field with Trout out (he has reached base in 26 straight games)".
"We continued to fight right to the end", Farrell said. "Never thought about how my number would be hanging up there with all those legendaries".
For 14 seasons, Boston Red Sox fans flocked to Fenway Park to see David Ortiz smack home runs to right.
Pedro Martinez, who had his No. 45 retired by the team in 2015 and lobbied the Red Sox to sign Ortiz as a free agent, was among Ortiz's former teammates present at the ceremony and addressed the crowd.
OK, it was way outside but let's face it, his Red Sox team probably knew it was going to happen.
The beloved slugger shook hands with virtually everyone on the field as he left it, accompanied by video from the careers of the other 10 players with their numbers retired. "It takes a special people to do a special thing and ... be able to have their number retired up there". The city of Boston announced Friday that one of the streets around the ballpark, previously known as the Yawkey Way Extension, will now be David Ortiz Drive and lead up to the Ortiz Bridge.
BOSTON (AP) - Ted Williams waited 24 years after his last at-bat before the Boston Red Sox hung his No. 9 from the Fenway Park facade.