Red Sox say goodbye to Big Papi sooner than hoped

The Red Sox lost in the playoffs to the Cleveland Indians Monday night.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Monday night marked the end of an era for Red Sox fans. With The Sox unable to stay alive in the playoffs against the Cleveland Indians Monday night, Big Papi had to say goodbye to baseball.

22News reporter Ashley Afonso was at Fenway for game three in this division series.

It was a heartbreaking 4-3 loss for Red Sox fans, but there was so much appreciation from the Red Sox fans to David Ortiz for everything he’s done on the field and off.

If you’ve ever been to a game at Fenway you know how quickly the park can clear out, but not Monday night. Red Sox fans were sure that they would have their moment with David Ortiz.

The crowd of  over 39,000 which was one of the largest ever at Fenway, chanted “We’re not leaving!” and “Thank you, Papi.”

30 minutes after the loss, Ortiz emerged from the Red Sox clubhouse and took the field at Fenway to salute the fans one final time as a player.

The crowd chanted his name as he tipped his hat and waved before getting emotional as he left the field one final time.

Big Papi spoke about his 20-year baseball career after the game Monday night.

“But tonight when I walked to the mound, I realized it was going to be. I realized it was over. It was pretty much probably the last time as a player walking in front of a crowd, and emotions came back out again,” said Ortiz.

Ortiz had a season to remember, leading the Red Sox to the American League East Title.

In his 20-year career, Big Papi also helped bring three World Series Titles to Boston.