Angels honor David Ortiz before final series in Anaheim
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was honored by the Los Angeles Angels before Thursday’s game, the opening game in the final series that he will play in Anaheim before retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
During the pregame ceremony, Ortiz was greeted on the field by longtime friend Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and infield coach Alfredo Griffin. After a short introduction, Pujols and Trout unveiled a painting of Ortiz, before the slugger received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Trout and Griffin also did their best Ortiz impersonations as they walked onto the field, wearing gold chains and sunglasses.
Ortiz played in 51 regular-season games at Angels stadium over his career with the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. He hit .204 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs in those games.
Coming into the game, Ortiz had a career batting average of .286 and ranked 19th on the all-time home run list with 528.