Odd as it sounds, Yankees fans will cheer for David Ortiz in September

Big Papi has been a thorn in the Yankees' side for more than a decade.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees will set aside their rivalry with the Boston Red Sox for one night this season.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner spoke to reporters in Florida on Wednesday and told them the club plans to honor David Ortiz during his final series at Yankee Stadium. The retiring designated hitter will make his last regular-season trip there with the Red Sox from Sept. 27 to 29.

“I am sure we’re going to do something,” Steinbrenner said, per the New York Post. “We have not formally, minute by minute, figured out exactly what we’re going to do yet. He’s a great player, great part of that franchise. Everything you like to see in a player.”

The Red Sox did the same for shortstop Derek Jeter’s retirement, so it’s no surprise the Yankees are stepping up. Boston had a ceremony at Fenway Park for Jeter before the final game of the 2014 season, while Red Sox fans chanted his name earlier in the series.

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