The Red Sox announced last year that the organization would be retiring 10 time all-star David Ortiz’s number 34 at some point during this season. The official date has now been announced as Big Papi’s number will become the 11th on the right field facade of Fenway Park during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox-Angels game on Friday, June 23.
Ortiz’s 34 will be joining Bobby Doerr’s #1; Joe Cronin’s #4; Johnny Pesky’s #6; Carl Yastrzemski’s #8; Ted Williams’ #9; Jim Rice’s #14; Wade Boggs’ #26; Carlton Fisk’s #27; Pedro Martinez’s #45; and Jackie Robinson’s #42, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball.
Ortiz is known for his post season heroics, including two walk off hits that helped the Red Sox come back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 ALCS against the dreaded New York Yankees. He’s also the only player who was on all three World Series winning teams since the Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino later that year.