It’s the end of an era.
David Ortiz laced up his cleats for the last time on Monday night, as his Boston Red Sox hosted the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
Down 2-0 in the series, and facing elimination, Boston fell to Cleveland 4-3, ending their 2016 season.
More importantly, ending the historic career of David Ortiz. Sean McKenna went into detail about what it means to say goodbye to an icon.
Game 3 Recap
After three scoreless frames for both sides, Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin knocked in two with a single in the fourth inning.
The ageless Coco Crisp, in his 15th season, hit a two-run home run in the sixth to make it 4-1. Crisp, who started his career with Cleveland, was with Boston for their World Series championship in 2007.
Another former Red Sox player, Mike Napoli, who won a championship in Boston in 2013, commended the fans and said the win was bittersweet.
— MLB (@MLB) October 11, 2016
David Ortiz walked and represented the tying run in the eighth; he was pinch run for and received a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful, 39,530 – the largest at Fenway Park since at least World War II.
The pinch runner Marco Hernandez was stranded at second and Cody Allen shut the door in the ninth; A Toronto-Cleveland ALCS is now official.
Clay Buchholz took the loss (4 IP, 2 ER) while Josh Tomlin took the series-clinching victory (5 IP, 2 ER).
Boston managed only seven runs in the three contests, losing 5-4, 6-0 and 4-3.
In seven games this season, Cleveland went 4-3 against the wild-card Blue Jays. Toronto swept AL West champion Texas to reach the ALCS for the second straight year. The first game is Friday, Oct.14 at 8 p.m.
After three World Series, more clutch homers than fingers, and a Boston Strong speech that will go down in history, David Ortiz’s career is over, but his legacy, and possibly his number 34, won’t be forgotten.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 11, 2016