David Ortiz now has a street named after him near Fenway Park

Ortiz will attend the ceremony on Thursday, one day before the Red Sox are scheduled to retire his No. 34 prior to their game against the Los Angeles Angels. Farrell said Fister is slated to make his first start in Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.

In 2016 Logan Airport named the Gate 34C as David Ortiz's gate.

"I don't have enough words", he said, via MacPherson.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia started the evening with a story about how Big Papi didn't know Pedroia's first name ... in 2015. So thanks Big Papi, and I can't wait to write another one of these when you get enshrined in Cooperstown. "Never thought about my number being, hanging up there with all those legendaries".

He powered the Red Sox to three World Series championships, including their first in 86 years in 2004.

Ortiz's farewell a year ago was a season-long affair in which he was showered with gifts on the road and celebrated for an entire weekend at Fenway.

"Man, the little guy made me cry", he said.

Ortiz is the 10th Red Sox player to have his number retired, and he was joined by four of the others, plus family representing the ones who couldn't be there. On Wednesday in Kansas City, the bullpen blew a game late, dropping Boston to 29-1 this season when leading after seven innings.

"That short amount of time is a symbol", team president Sam Kennedy said Thursday, "of how everyone. feels about the player who was the most important player in the history of the Red Sox".

Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez, middle, celebrates with Jackie Bradley Jr.

"It's going to happen", he said.

Tonight's game against the Los Angeles Angels is set to being at 7:10 but fans are encouraged to arrive earlier for the ceremony. The American city of Boston honored Ortiz by renaming the Yawkey Way Extension to David Ortiz Drive.

BOSTON (AP) - Ted Williams waited 24 years after his last at-bat before the Boston Red Sox hung his No. 9 from the Fenway Park facade. "It takes a special people to do a special thing and ... be able to have their number retired up there".

  • Julie Sanders