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David Ortiz Set to Retire Following '16 Season
« on: November 17, 2015, 01:53:27 PM »

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We all knew this day was coming soon.   Certainly on the pantheon for athletes of important Boston sports moments provided.

Per Ken Rosenthal:

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Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal  1h1 hour ago
Sources: David Ortiz will retire at end of 2016 season.


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Re: David Ortiz Set to Retire Following '16 Season
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2015, 01:56:38 PM »

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I guess he can't go on forever, but it will suck a lot not having Papi in the line-up everyday. The inevitable Brady retirement (whenever that may be - just look at Peyton this year), will be even more difficult.

So lucky to be at Ortiz's 500th HR game this year in St. Pete. Even in a lost season, Ortiz has continued to be a pleasure to watch.

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It'll be good to see him go out on a top and not linger on into his mid-40s, which I'm sure he could do, in some sort of deluded pursuit of 600 HRs. 

But as far as his place in Sox history, I think one can easily make an argument he's the most important player in the history of the franchise (not the best).  He near-singlehandedly reversed the Red Sox's culture of failure in 2004 and with his subsequent championships in 2007 and 2013.

It's crazy to think what the young fan base thinks about the club today compared to anyone who was around to remember what times were like before Big Papi arrived. 

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It'll be good to see him go out on a top and not linger on into his mid-40s, which I'm sure he could do, in some sort of deluded pursuit of 600 HRs. 

But as far as his place in Sox history, I think one can easily make an argument he's the most important player in the history of the franchise (not the best).  He near-singlehandedly reversed the Red Sox's culture of failure in 2004 and with his subsequent championships in 2007 and 2013.

It's crazy to think what the young fan base thinks about the club today compared to anyone who was around to remember what times were like before Big Papi arrived.

Important?  Definitely.   I'm trying to think who else would be in the conversation.

Prime Pedro was the best Sox of my lifetime (born in '80).  Prime Rocket was pretty darn good too.  But no one provided bigger moments for that franchise & changed the culture of the fandom more than Ortiz.


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