Red Sox retire No. 34 for David Ortiz

The Boston Red Sox are set to retire former slugger David Ortiz's number in a special ceremony at Fenway Park on Friday night. Bobby Doerr and Joe Cronin waited 37 years, and Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice 20.

Ortiz paid a visit to Gate C34 Friday, where JetBlue unveiled their redesigned gate in honor of the Red Sox legend.

And, yes, it will be less than a year after the player beloved as "Big Papi" walked off the field for the final time.

"Everyone united real good, we recovered, we bounced back", Ortiz said of his teammates following the terror event that shook the city.

The American city of Boston honored Ortiz by renaming the Yawkey Way Extension to David Ortiz Drive.

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. There have been many other greats and some would argue that Ted Williams was the best, but Ortiz is the guy. He also racked up 1,530 RBI and countless clutch hits with the Red Sox, leading the team to three World Series titles.

But most importantly, he is also remembered for rallying the city after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, when he grabbed a microphone on the Fenway mound and declared, "This is our (expletive) city".

According to AP, Big Papi attended the ceremony with Mayor Marty Walsh, Red Sox brass, and Boston public school students.

  • Julie Sanders