Red Sox fans and Boston say ‘Thank you’ to David Ortiz

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Boston Red Sox are saying a big “Thank You” to Big Papi this weekend.

David Ortiz has just one final regular season series at Fenway Park this weekend. Both the Red Sox and the city of Boston are planning for a huge celebration to honor the baseball star.

“This weekend David Ortiz ends his 13-year-reign as the sort of king of the hill at Fenway and for me, his retirement is going to be a big deal,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.

A giant red “34” made its way around Boston Thursday and Friday so fans could take pictures next to it. Fans were also able to sign a big thank you card for Ortiz.

The first night of tributes was Friday and it focused on Ortiz’s charity work. The David Ortiz Children’s Fund has saved more than 500 lives, helping pediatric patients undergo heart surgery in both New England and Ortiz’s native Dominican Republic. Some of the children helped by Ortiz’s foundation were at the game Friday, including Joaquin Maldonado Mendoza, who threw out the first pitch. Joaquin was joined on the mound by Roberto Clemente Jr.

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