David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz says farewell as Red Sox end season with loss to Indians
BOSTON–It’s the end of a season–and an era–for the Boston Red Sox.
With a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday night in game three of the American League Division Series, the Red Sox are out of the post season.
Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz walked in the final plate appearance of his major league career, and after reaching first base stood and waved his arms at the mostly dormant crowd of at 39,530, who then rose to cheer for him.
Ortiz came out on the field after the Indians’ winning celebration and had tears in his eyes as the fans acknowledged the 40-year-old, who helped the Red Sox win three World Series titles. After hitting 38 homers, the most for a player in his final season, he was 1 for 9 against the Indians. He was hitless with two walks Monday, hitting a sacrifice fly in the sixth with two on instead of the three-run homer the Fenway Park crowd wanted.
Making it their goal to send their beloved Big Papi out as a winner, the Red Sox managed to win the AL East — the second time in four seasons they went from worst to first.
Boston raised fans’ hopes with an 11-game winning streak in late September, but then lost eight of its last nine games, including the playoffs.
The Red Sox were tweeting about what would turn out to be Big Papi’s final game all night.
Rookie Tyler Naquin delivered a two-run single and Josh Tomlin pitched five strong innings for Cleveland, which will now the AL Championship Series against Toronto at home on Friday.