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Red Sox retire Ortiz’s No. 34

“This city got me to where I am”.Speaking to Red Sox fans during a pregame ceremony that was well-orchestrated, occasionally amusing and at times heart-tuggingly emotional, culminating with the unveiling of the big fella’s No. 34 on Fenway Park’s right-field facade, Ortiz said it was always a dream to hit a ball off those numbers.Ortiz played 14 seasons in Boston, hitting 483 home runs for the Red Sox and 541 in his career, which included a tenure in Minnesota.Oh, and an unforgettable ALCS MVP performance in 2004 against the New York Yankees to help lead the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years. Porcello will look to get untracked Friday at Fenway Park against the Angels. “Today when I saw him on the field crying, it made me cry”. Gronkowski immediately called out Big Papi for his love of donuts, a nod to their series of Dunkin’ Donuts music videos, before moving down the line to the others. “It made me feel like one of the important games we had where the fans wanted to be there from the very beginning and show love and support”.BOSTON (AP) – Ted Williams waited 24 years after his last at-bat before the Boston Red Sox hung his No. 9 from the Fenway Park facade. “When I saw [Puckett’s children] coming toward me, I thought about Kirby – a lot”.The roast opened with performative painter David Garibaldi, who quickly created portraits of Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz as the audience cheered on.The Red Sox (40-32) entered the game a percentage point behind the New York Yankees in the AL East. For a player who has always played the game with his emotions on his sleeves, this was still a side we haven’t seen often.”When I first started wearing the jersey, that number, I was just happy and proud of doing it because of him”, Ortiz said.On the night he returned to Fenway to have his No. 34 take its place among the franchise’s other legends, his former teammates did their part to make sure it was a memorable one.