Red Sox versus Yankees is one of the biggest rivalries in sports, but the Yankees will honor the career of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz later this month at Yankee Stadium.
Ortiz is retiring at the end of the season and the Yankees announced yesterday that they will honor him with a ceremony on the field on Sept. 29 before the Yankees and Red Sox battle it out in their last game of the season, according to the Yankees’ website.
In February, Ortiz told the New York Post that what his wants most of all is for fans in the Bronx to come to their feet for him.
“I would love it if the fans at Yankee Stadium gave me a standing ovation.’’
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team has been through this on the other side understands what to expect.
The Red Sox held ceremonies for Yankees stars Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter when they retired.
"Guys have been through it, and we understand why it takes place. He's been a great player for a long, long time, and he's been really good for the game of baseball," Girardi said, according to an article posted on the Yankees’ website.
Big Papi has been a member of the Red Sox since the 2003 season.
The Sept. 29 game at Yankee Stadium starts at 7:05 p.m.