David Ortiz will retire at end of 2016 season.

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Maybe they'll trot out Teix and have dueling ceremonies.

Can you imagine how shitty it will be tonight for a Yankees fan to have the Ortiz thing, and then clinching on their field?
This may be one of the more vocal Boston crowds in recent Yankee Stadium history.
I remember reading that NY management was pretty gracious after game 7 in 2004, though I can't remember the details.
 

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Really, the worst thing there is the phone-bashing. And yeah, that was a thoroughly jerky thing to do. Immature, stupid, and possibly dangerous to bystanders. Which is why Pedroia immediately and publicly got in his face about it. But if that's the best you've got--a guy losing his shit on a piece of technology, once--that's a pretty weak case for overall jerkdom.
This means Mariano Rivera is "prone to" killing kids, right?
 

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Ortiz wrote for the players tribune and its a must read


the other day, one of my teammates comes over to me in the clubhouse and says, “Hey, you see what they’re gonna do to you in New York?”

I don’t know what he’s talking about.

I’m like, “What’s up? They gonna give me a pizza or something?”

He says, “Nah. Your last game, the fans are gonna pull their pants down.”

I’m like, “Nah, bro. Come on. Be serious.”

Then he shows me an article on his phone about some guy who’s trying to get everybody in Yankee Stadium to moon me.

This dude even made a whole website: moonbigpapi.com.

Bro.

Bro.

Come on.

Let me tell you something. If 50,000 people moon me, I promise you two things.

First, I’m gonna laugh so hard I might start crying.
Then when the tears dry, I’m gonna step up to the plate and try to hit the ball all the way to the choo choo train. You gotta be careful. You guys don’t have Mariano no more, you know what I’m saying?

Listen, Yankee fans. I gotta admit something to you. And I’m serious about this. I got love for you.

It’s just a little bit of love, but I do.

When I came to this country and I was trying to make it to the big leagues, I looked at guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and I was almost in awe. When I got to play against the Yankees my first few years, I would watch some of the things Jeter would do in the field like I was just a fan.
http://www.theplayerstribune.com/david-ortiz-thanks-for-the-memories-new-york/

more at the link
 
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Tyler Kepner has a more balanced portrait of Ortiz in the NYT:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/sports/baseball/david-ortiz-retire-boston-red-sox.html?ref=sports
(I never heard of "The Week," so I don't know which article reaches more eyes.)
The Week is a British equivalent of Newsweek - i.e. simplifying news stories around the world for easy digestion by the masses. His must be a U.S. outlet of the magazine (they must have determined that the U.S. needs another such entity?!)

The author is Anthony L Fisher (filmmaker/journalist) seems to be a New Yorker who went to Emerson College and must have cultivated an aversion to all things Red Sox / Papi during that time.
 

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He shows me an article on his phone about some guy who’s trying to get everybody in Yankee Stadium to moon me.

This dude even made a whole website: moonbigpapi.com.

Bro.

Bro.

Come on.

Let me tell you something. If 50,000 people moon me, I promise you two things.

First, I’m gonna laugh so hard I might start crying.
Then when the tears dry, I’m gonna step up to the plate and try to hit the ball all the way to the choo choo train.
He's made me laugh out loud so many times over the last 13 years.

Seriously, Yankee fan bloggers of the world, take your best shot at making me "reconsider" whether David Ortiz is objectively amazing. Please, I can't wait.
 

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From Papi's letter on The Players Tribune.

"I’m not gonna lie to you. Sometimes I get outta bed in the morning, and it’s like, Damn. What happened? I got old. It takes me a long time to get my body ready for these games now. But I guarantee you this. When our bus pulls up to Yankee Stadium today, I’m gonna be ready to go. And when I hear you boo me, I’m gonna try to hit the ball over that white fence, all the way to the mother******* choo choo train."

Respect.
 

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What?
Beat the Yankees and all that, I just hope Papi gets to play more games against the senior circuit.
 

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Just watched a pretty good special on the Deuce "David Ortiz: The Walk Off". Some nice interviews in there with current and former players. Would recommend.
 

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Monday would be the makeup day. Not sure if they do makeup games when the only issue is needing each team to play 162 to see who has best record over a full season, but I doubt they'd do that. Any ceremony would probably be done in a function room at the stadium in private on Thursday.
 

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Beat the Yankees and all that, I just hope Papi gets to play more games against the senior circuit.
It'd be awesome to add some symmetry to his career. He wrote another Players' Tribune piece in June thanking the Twins, and it talked about how his first game when he was called up from AAA was at Wrigley playing the Cubs....
 

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Monday would be the makeup day. Not sure if they do makeup games when the only issue is needing each team to play 162 to see who has best record over a full season, but I doubt they'd do that. Any ceremony would probably be done in a function room at the stadium in private on Thursday.
Really? Because I think it would be broadcast on YES and NESN in an hour long special with special seating starting at $300 a person with the chance to meet Papi and get an autograph
 

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CHB had an interesting article in today's Boston Globe. Here is the link is here, but note that it comes with a Shank trigger warning:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/redsox/2016/09/27/confirmed-david-ortiz-will-get-into-hall-fame/penpFdYj7XliUY1a2eOnkO/story.html?event=event12

Anyway, he apparently spoke to 8 New York media members that are also BBWAA members, aka Hall of Fame voters. 6 of the 8 unequivocally said they would vote for Ortiz when he's eligible for the HoF; 1 said no due to the PED's issue, but said he may still change his mind on that; and the 8th said he would only talk about the upcoming class. There was a lot of discussion about voting for suspected PED users; most are beginning to feel it's time to look past that. The DH issue also came up, but none of the voters considered that a roadblock.
 

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People have long seemed to think that their "keeping the lights on" was some canonical act of grace for some reason.
I think you are overstating the amount of credit that has been given to the Yankees, but they did keep the lights on for an extra hour and encouraged Boston fans to come down to the area by the dugout and home plate to be closer to the team.

Not earth-shattering, but very respectful of the fact that there were maybe 5,000 Red Sox fans there who had just witnessed history and they let them celebrate for a good long time.
 

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And also the fans who over the years have, of course, on occasion been tough on RS fans were amazingly gracious in general. Even more so when you consider what a tough series loss. Yankee fans graciously gave up their prime behind the dugout seats to RS fans, congratulated RS fans and really could not have been nicer.
 

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I think you are overstating the amount of credit that has been given to the Yankees, but they did keep the lights on for an extra hour and encouraged Boston fans to come down to the area by the dugout and home plate to be closer to the team.

Not earth-shattering, but very respectful of the fact that there were maybe 5,000 Red Sox fans there who had just witnessed history and they let them celebrate for a good long time.
I've heard about it ten thousand times from Red Sox fans. Never seemed earth shattering to me.
 

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And also the fans who over the years have, of course, on occasion been tough on RS fans were amazingly gracious in general. Even more so when you consider what a tough series loss. Yankee fans graciously gave up their prime behind the dugout seats to RS fans, congratulated RS fans and really could not have been nicer.
They gave up their seats after the game was over, you mean? Instead of hanging around to watch the Red Sox celebrate.

Upper tier Yankee fans were crude and despicable. Lower tier fans had more money so they behaved better. But they were all infected with the Arrogant & Entitled Virus.

(Although maybe you witnessed gracious behavior firsthand. I was only there for Games 1 and 6, before the spell was broken... and the fans seemed to derive slightly more joy tormenting us then actually winning themselves, as they'd had plenty of that since '96.)
 

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CHB had an interesting article in today's Boston Globe. Here is the link is here, but note that it comes with a Shank trigger warning:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/redsox/2016/09/27/confirmed-david-ortiz-will-get-into-hall-fame/penpFdYj7XliUY1a2eOnkO/story.html?event=event12

Anyway, he apparently spoke to 8 New York media members that are also BBWAA members, aka Hall of Fame voters. 6 of the 8 unequivocally said they would vote for Ortiz when he's eligible for the HoF; 1 said no due to the PED's issue, but said he may still change his mind on that; and the 8th said he would only talk about the upcoming class. There was a lot of discussion about voting for suspected PED users; most are beginning to feel it's time to look past that. The DH issue also came up, but none of the voters considered that a roadblock.
I think David's timing is perfect -- getting out, and eventually in.

Out because he is ending his career in Jim Brown/Barry Sanders fashion. I'm really hard pressed to recall many baseball players who went out on top like this. Most of them go out like Brooks Robinson. But it's time.

In because the dinosaurs will eventually lose their grip on HOF voting, and because David is David. I suspect he'll be among the first of "these guys" to make it.
 

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I think David's timing is perfect -- getting out, and eventually in.

Out because he is ending his career in Jim Brown/Barry Sanders fashion. I'm really hard pressed to recall many baseball players who went out on top like this. Most of them go out like Brooks Robinson. But it's time.

In because the dinosaurs will eventually lose their grip on HOF voting, and because David is David. I suspect he'll be among the first of "these guys" to make it.
David may be in a class by himself, actually along with Ted Williams. Look at Ted's 1960. Jim Brown quit football to make more money in the movies, playing with Raquel Welch:p, et al. He probably had a lot left in the tank, quitting the NFL at 29! Sanders was just tired of playing for a loser? I don't know. He quit at 30. I think David wrung every last year out of his body, especially below the knees.