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David Ortiz homered in his final Opening Day because when ‘the light goes on, Papi goes on’

David Ortiz hits a two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning at Progressive Field. Ken Blaze/USA TODAY

David Ortiz began his farewell tour in style. The 40-year-old designated hitter hit a two-run home against the Indians in the Red Sox’ 6-2 win in the teams’ opener on Tuesday in Cleveland. With the Red Sox leading 4-2 in the ninth inning and Dustin Pedroia on base, Ortiz took Indians reliever Trevor Bauer deep to right field.

Asked about his start to the season after the win, Ortiz delivered an All-Star answer: “The light goes on, Papi goes on.”

The home run was the 504th of his Ortiz’ career, tying him with Eddie Murray for 26th all time. His five career Opening Day homers ranks first among all active players.


Ortiz also had a double in the Red Sox’ first win of his final season. He announced in November that he would retire after the 2016 campaign.

The walk-off hits of David Ortiz 

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