Mariano Rivera

In Ortiz's Final Stadium Game, Rivalry Softens For A Night

In Ortiz's Final Stadium Game, Rivalry Softens For A Night

Paul Olden opened the Bronx evening in soft, polite tones.

"Tonight," the Yankee Stadium public address announcer said, "the Yankees would like to put the rivalry aside for a few minutes and honor David Ortiz."

Ortiz, admittedly nervous, walked toward home plate with his family. Virtually all the fans stood and virtually all of them cheered. Granted, many were Red Sox fans, but the message was clear.

"It was impressive," Ortiz said. "There was no booing. It seems like everybody was happy I'm leaving."

The Yankees' pregame tribute to Big Papi was not a thunderous moment, yet it was an oddly fitting one. For no one, except...

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