It's an honor to get to see my number right next to all those legends," Ortiz said.
"I remember taking batting practice on this field, I was always trying to hit those numbers.
But I never thought about having my number up there, because I look at them with so much respect." Ortiz helped Boston win the 2004 World Series, the team's first championship in 86 years, and he led them to titles again in 20.
He represented the team in 10 All-Star games, and hit 483 of his 541 career home runs in a Boston uniform.
"My wife and kids, I want to thank you guys so much for putting up with all this," Ortiz said.
"I know I'm not a piece of cake, but thank you so much for, on my darkest days, bring happiness to my life." After paying tribute to his father, Enrique, and giving him a hug, Ortiz had one final group to thank.
David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), nicknamed "Big Papi", is a retired Dominican American professional baseball designated hitter (DH) and occasional first baseman who played 20 Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons, primarily with the Boston Red Sox.
During his 14 seasons with the Red Sox, he was a ten-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion, and seven-time Silver Slugger winner.
How can the Red Sox ever repay the player nicknamed "Big Papi"? But the team did give the beloved slugger the ultimate honor Friday night at Fenway Park, retiring his No. "I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to have the career that I had …
Regarded as one of the best clutch hitters of all time, Ortiz had 11 career walk-off home runs during the regular season and 2 during the postseason.
Ortiz was born on November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as the oldest of four children of Enrique (Leo) Ortiz and Angela Rosa Arias.
Over the course of those 10 years, many things have changed in Ortiz' professional life but personally, he had a "rock" at home.
That is now changing, however, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reported Monday that Ortiz and his wife, Tiffany, are filing for divorce.