Julian Edelman pays respect to Red Sox legend David Ortiz on Twitter

A roast of Ortiz was held and Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park was renamed David Ortiz Drive, which earned the praise of New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. "And you're not our teammate, you're not our friend, you're our family".

Current second baseman Dustin Pedroia, Ortiz's teammate on the 2007 and '13 World Series champions, came out of the dugout to be enveloped in a giant bear hug.

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

"I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to have the career that I had ..." "Boston has been the city that I have shared all kinds and sorts of emotions with".

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols slides into home to score on a single by Andrelton Simmons in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Boston.

He did it once, he said - hit the numbers. Somewhere in 2011-13, he estimated - but he said he hit Bobby Doerr's No. 1.

Yastrzemski, Rice and Boggs were also present for Ortiz's ceremony. "But to be honest with you, I never thought I'd have a chance to hit the ball out there". It will be the 11th number on the facade, and the third in three seasons.

Fittingly, Ortiz would note those numbers in right field at Fenway Park held special significance to him during his playing days. Jeter met Thursday with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and Marlins president David Samson, and told them he doesn't yet have the necessary money and is still seeking help from other investors.

Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez who has fallen to the 6th spot in the lineup had a two-run home run in the game out to opposite field. They did not speak at the podium or throw a ceremonial first pitch, but their presence likely meant more than, say, Jason Varitek's or Tim Wakefield's. The Mets reportedly considered shifting him to third base earlier this season, but ultimately chose to keep him at short and denied his request to pick up his $8.5 million option for 2018, something Alderson said has little to no precedent.

The Angels aren't going anywhere but they are an itch you can't scratch and I give them a puncher's chance...

  • Larry Hoffman