SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Ortiz ended his All-Star Game career with quite a walk off.
The popular Big Papi was embraced by nearly member of the American League roster Tuesday night when he was replaced by a pinch runner and strolled back to the dugout.
The 40-year-old Boston designated hitter has said he will retire after this season. He leads the majors in slugging percentage, on-base average and extra-base hits this year.
Ortiz drew a walk in the third inning from Miami’s Jose Fernandez, who said a day earlier that he’d groove a pitch for the slugger. Ortiz kidded with Fernandez on his way to first base after taking ball four.
A few moments after Ortiz reached first, AL manager Ned Yost sent in Edwin Encarnacion to run and Ortiz left to a nice ovation. He then hugged his teammates as they came out of the dugout to embrace him.
Ortiz played in his 10th All-Star Game. He grounded out hard in his first at-bat in his finale.