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Red Sox retire David Ortiz's number 34

Red Sox retire David Ortiz's number 34”

But he did more than gaze.

That's either quite a coincidence or a clever maneuver by the Red Sox. Also recognized during the ceremony were representatives from the Dominican Republic, the city of Boston, and family of Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, from whom Ortiz adopted both his No. 34 and his ever-present smile.

"When I first started wearing the jersey, that number, I was just happy and proud of doing it because of him", Ortiz said.

It's unbelievable how often Doerr's name comes up in Boston sports history.

The Red Sox improve to 41-32 on the season. Years later, as a scout with the Toronto Blue Jays, he signed a Brigham Young University infielder named Danny Ainge. "It was a good day to hit during batting practice".

"It gives us an established, winning pitcher who's been through postseason play, been through a pennant race", said Dombrowski, who served as Tigers president and general manager from 2002 until 2015. "But I never thought about having my number up there, because I look at them with so much respect".

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Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

"My comment based on those numbers was, like, I started just getting behind the history of this organization", he said. "The little guy made me cry". "It takes special people to do special things and at the end of the day have their number retired up there".

There's something really cool about that. On the other side, the Red Sox are 10-2 in their last 12 home games, are 9-2 in their last 11 games versus American League West competition, and are 12-5 in Price's last 17 starts. Some players would dare to hit a ball out there because they want to show off their guns; Ortiz wanted that as well, one assumes, but he also wanted to do it because of the symbolism.

Big Papi became the 10th person to be so honored by the Sox, joining Ted Williams (9), Joe Cronin (4), Bobby Doerr (1), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Carlton Fisk (27), Johnny Pesky (6), Jim Rice (14), Pedro Martinez (45) and Wade Boggs (26).

Then wiping away tears, Big Papi thanked the players, his family, and the fans and said, "It's an honor to get to see my number next to those legends".

On Friday, the Red Sox will officially retire the No. 34 of Ortiz prior to their game versus the Los Angeles Angels. It's been a drag. Jeter met with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and Marlins president David Samson in NY on Thursday, and told them he doesn't yet have the necessary money and is still seeking help from other investors.

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