Though the Red Sox suffered a tough loss to Cleveland that ended their run in the American League playoffs, there was one player who received a standing ovation.
Fans chanted “We’re not leaving” for about 13 minutes as they waited to see David Ortiz one more time before he left Fenway.
Ortiz then came out of the clubhouse to salute fans with tears in his eyes.
“It’s something that it kind of hit me a little bit, I’m not going to lie to you,” Ortiz said after the game. “Like I said, I’ve been trying to hold my emotions as best I can but at that last second, I couldn’t hold it any more.”
Congratulatory messages poured in overnight from some old friends and rivals alike.
Pedro Martinez tweeted a message in both English and Spanish to his compadre.
And fellow retiree Alex Rodriguez took to Twitter to congratulate “the best clutch hitter” he ever played against.
The Massachusetts Police sent a tweet thanking Ortiz, writing that their forces remember his resilience during the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also tweeted to thank Ortiz for his Boston pride:
“I definitely always want to show love to the fans and I started thinking, I had my moment once I walked to the mound. I started looking around and that moment that hits you knowing that you’re not going to be able to performing in the best baseball park in the world,” Ortiz said.
Big Papi was not happy about the sweep by Cleveland, but said he was proud of what his team accomplished in his final season.