Red Sox star David Ortiz released a statement thanking fans and Red Sox faithful for their support through his career.
David Ortiz, otherwise known as "Big Papi," played his final baseball game this week as the Red Sox dropped their playoff series to the Cleveland Indians. Ortiz retired at the end of the season, which was statistically one of the best seasons of his career. Big Papi released a statement thanking fans and offered encouraging words for the Red Sox team.
Throughout Ortiz's 20-year career, the slugger accounted for 541 home runs, including 38 in his final season with the Red Sox. The Dominican Republic native posted an incredible stat line this year, matching or surpassing his career averages in almost every statistical category. At age 40, Ortiz put up his third-best batting average, and fourth-best home run total, RBI total, and OPS in one season.
For his career, Ortiz retires with a .286 batting average and 541 home runs, good for 17th all-time. He’s also driven in 1,768 runs, the 22nd-highest total in MLB history.
Red Sox fans gave Big Papi a proper send off after his final game that included plenty of water works for both Ortiz and the fans. While in Boston, Ortiz helped the Red Sox win three World Series titles (2004, 2007 and 2013).