David Ortiz will be immortalized in Boston this June.
The Red Sox will play tribute to one of the franchise’s most beloved players on June 23 when they retire Ortiz’s number 34 on the right field facade. The pre-game festivities will take place before a matchup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The club previously announced plans to retire Big Papi’s number sometime during the 2017 season back in October.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) January 26, 2017
Ticket sellers were quick to put premiums on tickets following the announcement Thursday morning. At 11:30 a.m. EST, Red Sox tickets for David Ortiz’s retirement ceremony were averaging $561. Just 45 minutes later the average resale price spiked to $713, a 27 percent jump over that time. The cheapest tickets for the June 23 game are now going for $168 each in Section 158 down the left field line. A similar price spike was seen following Derek Jeter’s retirement ceremony announcement back in December.
Ortiz capped a 20-year career that spawned three World Series titles, a World Series MVP in 2013, 10 All-Star selections, seven Silver Slugger Awards, 2 AL Hank Aaron Awards and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2011. He played as a member of the Minnesota Twins from 1997-2002, but it was his time with the Red Sox from 2003-2016 that forever endeared him to the Boston faithful.
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