For fourteen years, going to Fenway meant a date with Big Papi. Before retiring at the end of 2016, slugger David Ortiz did it all for the Boston Red Sox by helping bring three championships home to Beantown.
When no. 34 raised that champagne-soaked 2004 World Series Championship trophy, we, along with the city we call home, let loose a cheer 86 years in the making.
That jersey was part of his journey to becoming a ten-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger Award recipient, and most importantly, the heart of Boston.
On June 23, 2017 his jersey retired too.
To celebrate, ’47 gave 34 lucky fans the chance to snag a photo with Big Papi himself. Check out the gallery below to see some of the highlights of the day.
David Ortiz Jersey Retirement Photo Gallery
One thing is certain: these diehards had no trouble letting #34 know just how much we’ll all miss him. Some were moved to tears; others found out just how long a single hug can last. Saying good-bye to retiring sports icons is always bittersweet, but with his number enshrined at Fenway, Big Papi will always have a lasting place in a city that will never forget him.