BOSTON — David Ortiz doesn’t want his career to end at Fenway Park on Monday or Tuesday. But if it does, at least he’ll be in the company of some pretty close friends.
Ortiz is close with plenty of folks on the other side of the Boston Red Sox’s American League Division Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians, most notably Indians manager Terry Francona and first baseman Mike Napoli.
Big Papi got acquainted with one of his old pals right away Monday in Game 3. After walking in his first plate appearance in the second inning, the 40-year-old designated hitter sauntered down to first base, where he shared a special moment with Napoli.
Napoli, who spent two-plus seasons with Ortiz in Boston from 2013 to 2015, stood inches behind the Red Sox legend as he took a casual lead off first base. The two appeared to have quite a cordial chat, as well.
The stakes might be high in playoff baseball, but not even the potential of elimination can stop a close friendship.
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