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BOSTON -- Hours before the Red Sox were set to retire David Ortiz's No. 34 on Friday night at Fenway Park, Angels manager Mike Scioscia sat in the visitors' dugout reminiscing about the first time he saw Ortiz play.

"I saw him back in 1999 in the Pacific Coast League when I was managing in Albuquerque and he was in Salt Lake City while with the Twins," Scioscia said. "You knew then that he had potential, but he's put it together almost like a fairy tale. The clutch hits, the championships, that's something that he had a major part of."

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BOSTON -- Hours before the Red Sox were set to retire David Ortiz's No. 34 on Friday night at Fenway Park, Angels manager Mike Scioscia sat in the visitors' dugout reminiscing about the first time he saw Ortiz play.

"I saw him back in 1999 in the Pacific Coast League when I was managing in Albuquerque and he was in Salt Lake City while with the Twins," Scioscia said. "You knew then that he had potential, but he's put it together almost like a fairy tale. The clutch hits, the championships, that's something that he had a major part of."

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Fellow Dominican Albert Pujols may be a 10-time All-Star and have 602 home runs, but the Angels' designated hitter said he's gone to Ortiz for advice throughout his career.

Papi joins select group as No. 34 is retired

"He always used to say, 'Take your jersey off and look at the back of your name,'" Pujols said. "He was like, 'What's your name?' I said, 'Pujols.' And he was like, 'Remember, you're Albert Pujols. Don't worry about the numbers. You're going to be all right.'

Video: LAA@BOS: Big Papi discusses handling retirement

"I used to call him, 'Hey, man. I feel like I'm struggling with this.' And he just said, 'Bro, just look at the back of your jersey and you're going to be OK.' So I think that's something that I always kept with me."

It wasn't just the Angels who were full of praise for Ortiz. A slew of former teammates, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and former Red Sox broadcaster Don Orsillo all offered congratulations.

Tweet from @D_Ross3: Congrats to @RedSox legend @davidortiz on his jersey retirement tonight. An incredible player but even better Teammate. #34ever pic.twitter.com/tHuDXvm1hl

Video: LAA@BOS: Papi on the fans in Boston

Tweet from @KYouk_2036: Congrats @davidortiz on the retirement of #34ever. Thank you for being a great teammate and your heroics with the bat. #Pecosa #LargeFather pic.twitter.com/kHGdem133W

Video: LAA@BOS: Ortiz honored with ceremony at Fenway

Tweet from @travis_shaw21: In honor of @davidortiz #34Forever day.Thank you for showing how every person should live their life.Truly genuine person/teammate! #34ever pic.twitter.com/01v9pIHHgQ

Video: LAA@BOS: Ortiz on the impact of his father

Tweet from @RealJoshReddick: Thank you Papi for EVERYTHING. You taught me so much about this game! @davidortiz pic.twitter.com/CNjZIxi6NH

Video: LAA@BOS: Ortiz throws out first pitch during ceremony

Tweet from @marty_walsh: You are a legend @davidortiz. Tonight is for you, #34. Go @RedSox! #34ever pic.twitter.com/aTDKso1PNS

Video: LAA@BOS: Pedro talks Ortiz as Boston's greatest gift

Tweet from @DonOrsillo: My best goes out to @davidortiz on his retirement weekend. Honored to have called the majority of his career. #Dontourage. pic.twitter.com/laHQikNfv4

Tweet from @Edelman11: Big Papi capping off a legendary career with a piece of real estate on yawkey way #bostonlegend #davidortizdrive #clutch @davidortiz pic.twitter.com/TD3fOhpjqD

Tweet from @JackieBradleyJr: Thank you David! Love and respect #34ever pic.twitter.com/hQK9qUq3Cj

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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