David Ortiz Says He Wants Standing Ovation At Yankee Stadium Before He Retires

David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox designated hitter and future Hall Of Famer, David Ortiz, announced over the offseason that the 2016 season would be his last as a player. Ortiz, also known as “Big Papi,” by Red Sox Nation has already stated that he does not want a farewell tour similar to the ones that were given to New York Yankee-greats Derek Jeter in 2014 and Mariano Rivera in 2013. Instead, Ortiz stated to reporters on Monday at spring training in Fort Meyers, Florida, that he would like to be recognized and cheered by the people who motivate him the most: Yankee Fans. 

“You know what I want most of all? I would love it if the fans at Yankee Stadium gave me a standing ovation,” said Ortiz

Over the years, Ortiz has been the definition of a ‘Yankee Killer.’ In 2004, Ortiz’s clutch hitting helped the Red Sox come from 0-3 down in the ALCS against New York and win their first World Series in 86 years. During that series, Ortiz hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 12th inning of game four as well as a walk-off single in game five to keep Boston alive. Ortiz also smacked a two-run homer in game seven in New York to get the party started for Boston. Even after 2004, Ortiz has had a multitude of big performances late in games and during the postseason and is known as one of the most clutch hitters in the history of baseball.

During Derek Jeter’s and Mariano Rivera’s farewell tours, Red Sox fans gave them their respect by standing and cheering for both during their final trips to Fenway, so Red Sox fans will argue that it is only fair that Yankee fans in the Bronx do the same for Ortiz. 

Yankees fans may not want to do it, but even the most anti-Red Sox fans on the planet like the ones who flourish to the Bronx on a summer night have to give Ortiz the type of respect and recognition he deserves for his play over the years. In the past, Ortiz has even taken to the streets of New York to try and mend some of the burned bridges, but even that will not guarantee a standing O in the Big Apple:

Information from CBS-Sports was used in this report. 

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