Red Sox retire No. 34 for David Ortiz

Posted June 26, 2017

TWEET OF THE NIGHTBig Papi thanked Red Sox Nation. Three World Series trophies glistened in the twilight sun.

"I'm (getting) better timing with my warmup (on the road) before the game starts", said Ramirez, who is 1-3 with a 5.10 ERA at home this season.

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. "Never thought about my number being, hanging up there with all those legendaries".

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"There wasn't an empty seat", Ortiz told reporters afterward. "It was pretty wonderful".

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"Felt good. Just I didn't make enough big pitches when I needed to", he said.

"Yes, he is Big Papi.' But I feel like 'Grampa"'.

Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, right, runs down Los Angeles Angels' Danny Espinosa on an attempted steal during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Boston.

With that, Ortiz broke out the handkerchief. That sentence right there really blows my mind and makes me sad.

Ortiz asked for No. 34 when he arrived in Boston before the 2003 season because he wanted to honor Minnesota Twins great Kirby Puckett. Fans were given posters with the No. 34, and it was painted onto both on-deck circles.

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 stinks that he won't be an active player anymore, but that doesn't mean he won't be a member of the Red Sox.

"It gives us an established, winning pitcher who's been through postseason play, been through a pennant race", said Dombrowski, who served as Tigers president and general manager from 2002 until 2015. "But it's going to happen".

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.

His number will be the 11 in franchise history to be retired.

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