Dustin Pedroia (ribs) a late-addition to Red Sox lineup
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 13:10
Boston defeated the Los Angeles Angel's 9-4 at Fenway Park on Friday night with the offense clicking on all cylinders for the Red Sox.
"It was, to me, vintage Rick Porcello", Boston manager John Farrell said after his reigning Cy Young Award victor went 6 1/3 innings for his first win his last six starts - thus avoiding becoming the first 10-game loser in the majors.
He'll be the tenth Red Sox player to get the honor and the only one to receive it less than a year after his retirement. Ortiz retired past year at the age of 40, leaving the game as the No. 2 home run hitter in Red Sox history and also in the top 10 in nearly every other major offensive category.
Ortiz is the lone link between the Red Sox's World Series-winning teams in 2004, 2007 and 2013.
"And finally, I want to thank you guys, the fans", he said.
David Ortiz following the final game of his career, which took place during the 2016 playoffs.
"I don't have enough words", he said, via MacPherson.
"You're not a friend, you're not a teammate, you're our family", Pedroia said.
David Ortiz stepped up to the microphone, wiped the tears from his eyes and waited for the sold-out Fenway crowd to shout "Papi!" a few more times.
Ortiz asked for No. 34 when he arrived in Boston before the 2003 season because he wanted to honor Minnesota Twins great Kirby Puckett.
Big Papi became the 10th person to be so honored by the Sox, joining Ted Williams (9), Joe Cronin (4), Bobby Doerr (1), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Carlton Fisk (27), Johnny Pesky (6), Jim Rice (14), Pedro Martinez (45) and Wade Boggs (26).
The 33-year-old veteran right-hander signed with the Angels in May but failed to crack the starting rotation and opted for free agency last Wednesday. "But I never thought about having my number up there, because I look at them with so much respect". "And it will be like that until the day you die".
"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". This will be the eleventh number that has been retired up on the Fenway Park façade and the third in the last three seasons.
"My dad has been my biggest mentor", Ortiz said.
Porcello said he isn't sure if he has completely turned a corner yet after his slow start, but he has felt better in his recent starts.