There are certain to be plenty of sentimental moments this season for David Ortiz, who has announced that the 2016 season will be his last.
And one of those moments came Thursday -- six weeks before the regular season even begins.
Ortiz was having breakfast with his father, who happened to bring along Big Papi's first home run ball from the majors.
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My first home run ball in the big league my dad show it to me in the middle of a breakfast 🙈 pic.twitter.com/QdhKAzz1IB— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) February 18, 2016
l dedicated that ball to him because all the effort he put together to make who lm.#spanish#translator😂 pic.twitter.com/y8PMwfrv9A— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) February 18, 2016
It was the first of 503 regular-season homers and 17 postseason homers in Ortiz's 19-season major-league career.
Ortiz's first homer, of course, came with the Minnesota Twins, who famously released him after the 2002 season. That's when the Boston Red Sox decided to take a chance on him, and it seems to have worked out OK.