New York fans give David Ortiz standing ovation in final game at Yankee Stadium
On Thursday, the New York Yankees hosted the Boston Red Sox for the final time this season.
After drawing a walk in his second at-bat of the game, and with the AL East division already clinched, Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to pull David Ortiz from the bases for a pinch runner. On his his way back to the dugout, Ortiz received a nice standing ovation by the arch rival fans as they realized this would very likely be the last time they see "Big Papi" on the Yankee Stadium field as an opposing player.
The two fan bases may have despised each other for the past century, but like so many who have watched Ortiz throughout the years, you can't help but respect what the man has accomplished in his career. Well-deserved and well-done by the Yankee faithful to recognize greatness.
In addition to the standing ovation, Ortiz was honored before the game during a special ceremony -- including an appearance by Yankees legend Mariano Rivera.
Now that the brief truce is over, the bad blood between Boston and New York is free to resume.