The legend of Big Papi lives on.
For the first time in 14 years, David Ortiz didn’t show up at Boston Red Sox spring training after he officially retired at the end of last season. But while Ortiz is gone from the Red Sox’s clubhouse, Hanley Ramirez made sure the gregarious slugger wasn’t forgotten Thursday when he arrived at camp.
Ramirez showed his fellow Dominican Republic native some love by rolling into JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., donning a No. 34 Ortiz shirt.
You won’t be seeing No. 34 on the Red Sox’s field ever again, as Boston plans to retire Big Papi’s number this summer. But Ramirez apparently is making sure fans don’t forget Ortiz as his team begins its latest chapter without him. Not that they ever would.
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