→ Brian MacPherson on the Emotional Day at Fenway

Like Tom Brady and Paul Pierce now and like Larry Bird, Bobby Orr and Carl Yastrzemski in years past, Ortiz is an icon in Boston — and has been for the better part of a decade. What he means to the city goes well beyond the more than 300 home runs he’s hit in a Red Sox uniform. His production at the plate is only part of the reason the franchise looked past the risks of signing a 37-year-old coming off an injury to sign him to a lucrative two-year contract last November.

What Boston means to Ortiz is just as immeasurable. He made that clear with the words he used on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Bringing Papi back was the right decision, both baseball wise and for days like yesterday. He deserves to end his career in Boston.