Red Sox to re­tire Or­tiz’s num­ber 34

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Red Sox sent David Or­tiz off be­fore his fi­nal reg­u­larsea­son game with a prom­ise that he will re­turn. This week, in the play­offs, when he goes for his fourth World Se­ries ti­tle.

The Red Sox sent David Or­tiz off be­fore his fi­nal reg­u­larsea­son game with a prom­ise that he will re­turn.

This week, in the play­offs, when he goes for his fourth World Se­ries ti­tle.

And next year, when they hang his No. 34 from the Fen­way fa­cade among the team’s re­tired num­bers.

Dur­ing a pregame cer­e­mony Sun­day at­tended by Red Sox greats like Carl Yas­trzem­ski and team­mates from Or­tiz’s three cham­pi­onship teams, the ball­club hon­ored their soon-to-re­tire slug­ger by drap­ing a Do­mini­can flag over the Green Mon­ster and bring­ing out his fa­ther — Big Papi’s real Papi — to stand next to him in the mid­dle of the di­a­mond.

Or­tiz broke into tears when he men­tioned his late mother be­fore gath­er­ing him­self to­gether to thank his team­mates and mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion from owner John Henry to club­house at­ten­dant Pookie Jack­son. He also thanked the fans — drop­ping to one knee and tip­ping his cap to the crowd.

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