This is so incredibly touching. David Ortiz ended his 20 year baseball career on Oct. 10 when he exited the field at Fenway Park for the last time. And that is when the congratulations and goodbye tweets started to roll in. Check out all the wonderfully heartwarming things fans had to say about David’s long and accomplished career.
David Ortiz, 40, may have ended his baseball career on a night when his team didn’t play their best, losing to the Cleveland Indians 4 – 3 on Oct. 10. But, hopefully he was able to look past that when the outpouring of love for him started, as fans yelled “We want Papi,” and pretty much the entire stadium stood up to honor his 20 year career when he stepped off the field. And it wasn’t just fans who were there who were participating in congratulating Big Papi after his last game, but those on Twitter too. Read their heartbreaking goodbyes here.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) October 11, 2016
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 11, 2016
Farewell @davidortiz, we're gunna miss you so much. 10/10 great fkn guy ❤️
— FaZe Banks (@Banks) October 11, 2016
I wish Donald Trump had to retire and David Ortiz got to keep competing through the month of October.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) October 11, 2016
It was an honor getting to play against you @davidortiz sad to watch one of my favorite players ever retire! One of the best ever!!
— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) October 11, 2016
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) October 11, 2016
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) October 11, 2016
Thank you @davidortiz. You're the best. You smashed balls, broke curses & gave Red Sox fans more than we could've hoped for. And then some.
— Fitzy (@FitzyGFY) October 11, 2016
David Ortiz just gave an entire ballpark chills
— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) October 11, 2016
Now that David has officially entered retirement, it is clear how many people are devastated to see him go. One major fan who is majorly upset, and let us know outside of the Twitterverse? Ben Affleck. “No one will ever replace Papi,” Ben told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He’s a icon and a legend! He is the best clutch hitter maybe in history, and he’s one of the most important Boston athletes.” Aw, Ben, you definitely said what we’re all thinking. It was very hard to see Papi go, but we know that he can now look forward to a happy retirement. After all, he had an amazing career.
HollywoodLifers, are you sad to see Big Papi go? Do you think the Boston Red Sox will be able to go on without him? Let us know below, and leave your well wishes on his retirement too!