Or­tiz re­ceives gifts, ova­tion in N.Y.

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

NEW YORK — David Or­tiz was given a 30-sec­ond stand­ing ova­tion by fans at Yankee Sta­dium when he walked to home plate for the first at-bat of his fi­nal game in the Bronx.

Only a smat­ter­ing of boos could be heard.

Or­tiz struck out against CC Sa­bathia, drop­ping to 0-for-10 in the three-game se­ries. He then walked in the fourth and was re­placed by pinch run­ner Brock Holt, re­ceiv­ing an­other ova­tion as he jogged to the dugout. Or­tiz pointed to the Yan­kees dugout in thanks as he headed off the field.

The Yan­kees won 5-1 but were elim­i­nated from wild-card con­tention when the Ori­oles beat the Blue Jays.

Dur­ing a pregame cer­e­mony, Or­tiz was pre­sented an oil paint­ing of him­self and a leather­bound book with hand­writ­ten let­ters from cur­rent and for­mer Yan­kees. The Red Sox had hon­ored a pair of Yan­kees greats be­fore their Fen­way Park fi­nales, Mar­i­ano Rivera in 2013 and Derek Jeter in 2014.

“I know he’s caused a lot of heartache to us, but I’m sure the Red Sox fans would say that Jeter and Mo caused a lot of heartache as well,” Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi said. “I know at times it be­comes a bit­ter ri­valry, but this guy has done a lot of spe­cial things in the game, and he’s meant a ton to that or­ga­ni­za­tion ... to the city of Bos­ton.”

Ac­com­pa­nied by wife Tif­fany, daugh­ter Alexan­dra and son D’An­gelo, Or­tiz was given the book by re­tired Yan­kees pitcher David Cone and cur­rent Yan­kees out­fielder Ja­coby Ells­bury, a for­mer Red Sox team­mate.

Rivera ex­changed a hug with Or­tiz, then helped him un­veil the Justyn Farano paint­ing, which de­picts Or­tiz stand­ing at the plate and tip­ping his cap to the Yankee Sta­dium crowd.

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