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Fans Turn Out At Fenway Park To Catch Final Glimpse of Big Papi



    Fans turned out Saturday at Fenway Park from New England and beyond to catch a final glimpse of David Ortiz. (Published Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016)

    Despite the rain and chill, there has been nothing dreary about the mood at Fenway Park this weekend.

    "It's a momentous occasion," said Chris Holtz from New Jersey.

    The Big Papi farewell tour is nearing an end but the tributes are growing.

    "I'm hoping to see him get one hit in person before he retires," Holtz said.

    David Ortiz's face, his number and his iconic home run pose are plastered all over the park.

    Kari Nguyen and her friends came from Rochester, New York for all three games of the series.

    "I was here for my birthday -- I turned 34 -- so I was like perfect for Ortiz's last series," Nguyen said.

    She hoped for a home run for her birthday, made a sign for it and got her wish.

    "When he hit the home run, it was right underneath us so I think he saw the sign," said Nguyen.

    Andrew Daw and his family came to cheer on Ortiz in his second to last regular season game from Toronto.

    "Big Papi has been my favorite player for 13 odd years now and I have two Red Sox fans that get to cheer for them now too," said Daw, who brought his children.

    And despite the rain for Saturday evening's game, fans were just happy to be there.

    "I get the chills just talking about it," said one woman. "I really do he's just so wonderful."

    Ortiz plays his final regular season game with the Sox on Sunday.

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