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Jason Varitek

Red Sox honor retiring DH David Ortiz before home opener

The Red Sox asked their fans to imagine a world without David Ortiz, then spent the rest of the day reminding the city what he has meant to the franchise.

Opening the festivities with John Lennon's "Imagine" accompanying highlights from Ortiz's career, the Red Sox celebrated their retiring designated hitter before Monday's home opener. Then, the hero of three World Series titles came to the plate as the potential winning run in the ninth inning, only to hit into a double play.

"Everybody's hoping for the best at that point. Everybody's confident he's going to do what he's always done," said Mookie Betts, who hit a leadoff homer in the ninth to cut a...