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'It's an honor.' Red Sox retire David Ortiz's No. 34

24 Juin 2017

On Thursday, the Boston mayor's office declared that a street near Fenway Park will be renamed David Ortiz Drive.

The Sox immortalized Ortiz' number with a heartfelt ceremony in front of a full house last night.

Ramirez said he played with Ortiz on his mind.

"I don't have enough words", he said, via MacPherson. The designated hitter helped the Red Sox win three World Series championships, including their first in 86 years in 2004.

"We want to thank you for not the clutch hits, the 500 home runs, we want to thank you for how you made us feel and it's love", Pedroia said, with No. 34 painted into both on-deck circles and cut into the grass in center field. "You're our family. And it'll be that way until we die".

For now, he assumes the rarified position of having his number adorn that right-field facade, territory that he says he did once reach during batting practice.

Perhaps the biggest Boston athlete over the last decade and a half, maybe even bigger than Tom Brady himself, is Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season.

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He also made multiple jokes about Ortiz being a sizable human being and cracked wise about "Little Papi".

"I hit the No. 1 once", Ortiz said.

Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge was a pregame scratch with left hip soreness. "This city got me to where I am".

Ortiz retired as Boston's all-time postseason leader in homers (17), doubles (19), extra-base hits (38), hits (80), runs (51), RBIs (57) and walks (59). "When I saw [Puckett's children] coming toward me, I thought about Kirby - a lot". Puckett passed away in 2006, but the Red Sox brought his children to Fenway Park. I'm not going to go back and look at all that sort of stuff.

Ortiz said he had "no idea" when he chose the No. 34 that he one day would be standing where he stood Friday night.

Outside Fenway Park on Yawkey Way, more than three hours before the start of the game, vendors were selling programs with a familiar face on the cover, and fans lined the gates with their dusted-off No. 34 jerseys. He's clearly not the same pitcher anymore, yet should still be worth the low-risk gamble the Red Sox are taking.