BOSTON (WPRI) — Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will now officially go down as one of the best players to play for the franchise.
The team announced Thursday it will retire number 34 in a pregame ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2017.
Ortiz – who retired from baseball at the end of the 2016 season – is known as the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history, with a franchise-leading 10 walk-off home runs in the regular season. As for the post-season, Ortiz is Boston’s only three-time World Champion in the post-World War I era, having led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013.
“Big Papi’s” number will be the 11th on the right field facade, joining Bobby Doerr’s #1; Joe Cronin’s #4; Johnny Pesky’s #6; Carl Yastrzemski’s #8; Ted Williams’ #9; Jim Rice’s #14; Wade Boggs’ #26; Carlton Fisk’s #27; Pedro Martinez’s #45; and Jackie Robinson’s #42, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball.