David Ortiz’ career came to a heartbreaking end on Monday night as the Indians completed a sweep of the Red Sox. After the game, Ortiz came out for a final curtain call. With his eyes watering, Ortiz tipped his cap to those remaining inside Fenway. Ortiz then walked off the field for the final time as a player.
Ortiz will be back inside Fenway next year when his #34 will be officially retired. As one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, Ortiz will also most likely get a statue outside the ballpark. But what will this statue look like?
3. Generic David Ortiz home run pose
David Ortiz hit 541 career home runs, most of which were with the Red Sox. He also hit his 500th home run in September of 2015. David Ortiz exclusively played DH, but when he did play the field, it was to keep his bat in the lineup. He was paid to do 2 things: hit homeruns and drive in runs. A generic David Ortiz homerun pose would make for a cool statue.
2. 2004 ALCS walk-off home run
David Ortiz put the Red Sox on his back during the 2004 playoffs. He picked up the slack when his teammates faltered. Ortiz hit a walk-off home run in the ALDS against the Angels to send the Sox to the Championship Series. In Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees after Damon got thrown out at the plate, Ortiz picked up on the mistake and hit a 2-run bomb to take the early 2-0 lead. But what was the biggest hit of the playoffs? The Game 4, 12th inning blast that started an 8-game winning streak ending with the first World Series victory in 86 years. As Ortiz ran down the line and rounded first, he pointed toward right field. This hit was easily one of the most important in Ortiz’s career.
1. This is Our Fucking City
David Ortiz was not with the team on Patriots Day when the Boston Marathon bombings happened. David Ortiz was in Pawtucket rehabbing his Achilles. Ortiz first game back from injury also happened to be the Red Sox' first game in Boston after the bombings, and subsequent successful manhunt. After a pregame ceremony honoring the police force, Ortiz, with “Boston” draped across his chest, grabbed the mic and gave a moving speech about how we aren’t going to be afraid of people attacking our city. Before Ortiz walked off the field, he put his first in the air and said, “Stay strong.” A statue of Ortiz with his first the air would be epic. It would represent his rise in Boston and his bigger than baseball contributions.