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Big Papi's Farewell Tour Kicks Off With Final Home Spring Training Game

Ortiz joined fellow Boston Red Sox greats Luis Tiant and Jim Rice in a golf cart in the 6th inning of a Spring game this afternoon, and made his final exit at JetBlue park in Fort Myers Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Ortiz joined fellow Boston Red Sox greats Luis Tiant and Jim Rice in a golf cart in the 6th inning of a Spring game this afternoon, and made his final exit at JetBlue park in Fort Myers Florida
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As baseball gears up for another incredible season, one of the All-time greats David Ortiz gears up for his swan song. The greatest DH of all time is about to go on his final 162 game tour and see his incredible ride in the game of baseball come to an emotional close. In his 19-year career that has seen him win 3 World Series rings, a World Series MVP, an ALCS MVP, six Silver Slugger awards, make 9 All-star appearances, and his iconic homerun swing and trot around the bases 503 times, almost nothing will be as emotional as his final year in the show. Known for his clutch moments, his love for Boston, and Boston's love for him (As evidenced by his 3rd place finish in the 2013 Boston mayoral race, where he received 560 write in votes), the game will truly miss him. Along with guys like Chipper Jones (retired after 2012) and Derek Jeter (Retired after 2014), Ortiz represents a past generation of the faces of the MLB who are now being replaced by the younger guys like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Jose Fernandez to name a few. Today, Ortiz began his final journey with some very cool moments in his final game at JetBlue park, the Spring home of his beloved Boston Red Sox. 

"I really like Fort Myers" Ortiz said, "Fort Myers is a very peaceful place, and I pretty much enjoyed the afternoons when I'd get to be where I'm staying at and relax. There are a lot of nice people around. I've been coming to Fort Myers since '97. I was kind of lucky to go from one baseball club to another in the same Spring Training city so I didn't have to do any changes. It was good to stick around the same spot" 

While the next 162 games will surely have many more emotional and incredible moments for the 40 year old Boston legend, we were able to get a brief look at what is ahead for David Ortiz's 2016 campaign. 




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