Ortiz receives gifts, ovation in N.Y.
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.