Pedroia's remarks moved Ortiz to tears.
Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts slides into home plate to score on a wild pitch by Los Angeles Angels starter Alex Meyer (23) during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Boston.
Friday Ortiz's took the field again where no Red Sox player will ever wear his number again. Friends and family and dignitaries from two countries lined the infield. "This city got me to where I am", Ortiz said. "I remember taking batting practice on this field, I was always trying to hit those numbers. But I never thought about having my number up there", he said. "It was somebody that was very special to my career even if it was early in my career". Ortiz won three World Series titles with the Red Sox during his career, including the 2004 championship, which was Boston's first since 1918. "It was pretty wonderful". "Boston has been the city that I have shared all kinds and sorts of emotions with". "You are a great ambassador of the game".
"When I first started wearing the jersey, that number, I was just happy and proud of doing it because of him", Ortiz said.
"Yes, he is Big Papi.' But I feel like 'Grampa"'. You're not our teammate.
"Pee-Wee ain't that nice every day, you know?"
With that, Ortiz broke out the handkerchief.
"Man, the little guy", Ortiz said, referring to Pedroia. Fans were given posters with the No. 34, and it was painted onto both on-deck circles.
And, yes, it will be less than a year after the player beloved as "Big Papi" walked off the field for the final time. Ramirez will carry an unimpressive 4.59 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into a road start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
"I told myself, 'Give everybody their space, '" he said.
"It's going to happen", he said.
The Boston Red Sox retired David Ortiz's number 34 before cruising to a 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night at Fenway Park.
The very idea that a batter, any batter, would look at the retired numbers belonging to Ted Williams, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez and other Red Sox legends and summon the moxie to actually dream to hit a ball out there shows a ton of confidence but it also shows a healthy respect for history.
A roast of Ortiz was held and Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park was renamed David Ortiz Drive, which earned the praise of New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.