David Ortiz is letting fellow players know one last time that he appreciates them.
Ortiz participated in his last ever All-Star Game tonight, as he suited up for the American League at Petco Park. The Boston Red Sox legend is retiring at the end of the season, and decided to give a speech to his fellow AL All-Stars, thanking them for all they’ve done in his career:
“Guys, on my behalf, I really want to say thank you to all of you. For how you guys embraced me throughout the years. It’s been an unbelievable ride.”
In true Ortiz fashion, he told his American League teammates to whoop some ass:
“Tonight, let’s go out there and whoop some ass, because [to] play at home, there’s nothing like to play at home. Let’s go out there and do what we know how and make sure that this game goes to the American League. Thank you guys.”
Ortiz also talked about being a mentor, saying he was proud to help out young players, and hopes that some day his kids are mentored by veterans like him.
Here’s Ortiz’s final All-Star Game at-bat before being subbed off:
Ortiz was welcomed with hugs and a loud ovation.
It’s a great way for Oritz to go out. He’s one of the best power hitters in MLB history and deserved all the accolades — All-Star Game appearances included — that he’s gotten throughout his illustrious career. You’ll be missed at the All-Star Game, Big Papi.