It was an emotional scene in Fenway for the final game of Big Papi's career
It wasn't the perfect Hollywood ending, but it was an unforgettable evening at Fenway Park nonetheless as David Ortiz played the final game of his Major League career. With Boston trailing Cleveland two games to none in the American League Division Series, the Red Sox needed to come away with a win in order to keep their season alive. The game began with an emotional introduction of the lineups including Big Papi: The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning and never relinquished it. In the bottom of the 8th, however, the Red Sox mounted a rally down 4-2 and, for a moment, it seemed like a miracle ending was possible. With two outs and a runner on first, Ortiz stepped to the plate as the tying run. He walked on four pitches and advanced to second on an RBI single from Hanley Ramirez. At that point, Ortiz was lifted for pinch-runner Marco Hernandez. The Fenway crowd gave him a tremendous ovation as he left the field knowing that if the comeback fell short, this would be the final moment of Ortiz's playing career.
Ultimately, the rally did fall short, the Indians clinched a trip to meet the Blue Jays in the ALCS and now, Big Papi's career has officially come to a close. The fans stuck around after the final out and Ortiz came back out to the field for a final farewell. Tributes and thank yous poured out across social media from fans, teammates, opposing players, and even politicians.
Thank you, David Ortiz.- Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 11, 2016
Peace out Big Papi. You "made baseball fun again" before it was cool.- Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 11, 2016
Thank you, David Ortiz!- Carson Smith (@Carson_Smith39) October 11, 2016
Thank you for always being yourself Big Papi....a total savage. It was an honor watching you play. One more year? (Not in my division) pic.twitter.com/O40zrzM9Cn- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) October 11, 2016
Thanks for the memories, Papi.