The Boston Red Sox announced Thursday, via Twitter, that they will retire David Ortiz’s #34, making him the 11th player to have his number immortalized in right field at Fenway Park. The ceremony will happen on June 23, when the Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) January 26, 2017
Ortiz was signed as an amateur free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 1992. Ortiz was later traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1996, then Big Papi made his debut on September 2, 1997. In 2002, the Twins released Ortiz. He was then signed by Boston, and the rest is history.
Among designated hitters, Ortiz is the all-time leader in games, hits, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits, total bases, and RBI’s. Big Papi won three World Series Championships, coming in 2004, 2007, and 2013. He was the ALCS MVP in ’04 and the World Series MVP in 2013.
This grand slam tied the game in the bottom of the 8th against the Detroit Tigers, The Red Sox went on to win the game, tying the series at 1-1.
Ortiz finished his career with slash line of .286/.380/.552 he crushed 541 home runs and drove in 1,768.