Must See: Big Papi Says Emotional Goodbye to Fenway Faithful After Indians Eliminate Red Sox (Videos)
Red Sox fans were doubly anxious heading into Monday night’s game against the Indians at Fenway. Trailing two games to none in the best-of-five ALDS, a loss wouldn’t just eliminate their team from the postseason. It would also end the career of Boston legend David Ortiz, who announced last spring that the 2016 season would be his last.
Knowing that this could be the last time the man known as Big Papi takes the field as a player, fans gave Ortiz a rousing ovation as the Fenway PA announcer introduced the starting lineups prior to the game.
Unfortunately for Red Sox fans, a storybook ending was not meant to be. Ortiz hit .315/.401/.620 with 38 homers, 48 doubles, and 127 runs batted in the regular season. It might have been both the greatest season by a 40-year-old and the greatest final season in the history of baseball. However, he went just 1 for 9 in three games against the Tribe, who closed out the Red Sox with a 4-2 win at Fenway.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, the Fenway Faithful were desperate to give Ortiz one last standing ovation after the game was over. However, Ortiz, always the class act, ducked into the tunnel immediately after the final out so the Indians could celebrate their victory on the field.
It was only after the Indians took their celebration to the visitors’ clubhouse that Big Papi returned for one last goodbye. And what a powerful goodbye it was.
Take a look:
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 11, 2016
Big Papi says big goodbye pic.twitter.com/LepWIkaXKB
— (((Jesse Spector))) (@jessespector) October 11, 2016
What a moment. This is what baseball is all about.
Hat Tip – [Uproxx]