BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have honored David Ortiz in his first game in Fenway Park since he joined the 500 home run club.
During a 15-minute pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced Tampa Bay on Monday night, former teammates Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek came out of a new vehicle that was presented to him by his teammates and the organization.
Boston mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed ''September 21, 2015 as David Ortiz Day in the city of Boston.''
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Members of the club's `'Kids Nation'' - a fan club for children - stood together, making a 500 in the grass in center field. They wore red T-shirts with ''500 home runs'' and an image of Ortiz finishing a swing on the front.
Ortiz hit his 500th against the Rays on the road Sept. 12.