Ortiz delivers another HR, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 5-3

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hugs Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred during a ceremony to honor Ortiz before a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston Sunday Oct. 2 2016

No member of the Boston Red Sox will wear No. 34 again as David Ortiz's iconic jersey will join the franchise's greatest players on the right-field facade at Fenway Park.

Saturday Night Live pulled out its biggest comedy guns for this weekend's highly-anticipated season 42 premiere, so naturally that meant Kenan Thompson's hilarious David Ortiz impression had to return to Weekend Update.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the bridge over the MassPike that leads from Kenmore Square to Fenway Park would be renamed in Ortiz's honor; Mayor Marty Walsh said the city would do the same for a street that leads from the ballpark to another train station.

The Red Sox are trying to send Ortiz off with his fourth championship. That day, the House and Senate moved uncharacteristically swiftly to approve the measure. "We want to enjoy this one".

LF Andrew Benintendi had two hits, including his 11th double in 32 big-league games, the most by a Red Sox hitter through 32 games since 1913.

Boston trailed the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in the World Series and 2-1 entering the sixth. "We know what the alternative is: going home".

The Red Sox Foundation and the team's owners have pledged $1 million to the David Ortiz Children's Fund. Ortiz mouthed the words to the song while standing next to Martinez, who also comes from the Dominican.

It was that kind of afternoon, with nine-time Grammy award singer Mary J. Blige singing the National Anthem, which followed the Canadian and Dominican Republic anthems, and ending with Blige singing a song in Ortiz's honor.

So Ortiz was emotional and gracious when it came to say goodbye.

When it was finished, Ortiz took pictures and shared hugs with teammates on the field before he took the microphone for one last speech. "I think that the feeling was, at the time that name was leaked, that it was important to make people understand that even if your name was on that list that it was entirely possible that you were not a positive".

Manfred said Ortiz stopped by his office last offseason to say he planned to retire. "That's the best I've ever seen him".

Ortiz thanked the media and finally thanked the fans, kneeling on his knee and tipping his cap in appreciation.

The game started shortly after 3 p.m. With runners on first and second and two outs, the slugger had an epic, 10-pitch at-bat that he capped by lining a soft single to shallow center against righty Esteban Loaiza, sending Johnny Damon home with the winning run and propelling the Red Sox as the first team to rally from a 0-3 deficit en route to their first World Series title in 86 years.


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