The Boston Red Sox began the process of saying goodbye to David Ortiz before the slugger’s final home game of the regular season.

Nineteen years and a month after his Major League Baseball debut, Ortiz’s days as an active player are fast dwindling and the Red Sox said goodbye with an hourlong ceremony that included the president of the Dominican Republic, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, a tribute video, as well as warm applause from present and former teammates.

Ortiz is beloved for his contributions on the field, of course, and off. He played a memorable healing role as the city recovered from the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and on Sunday the bridge over the turnpike was renamed for him.

“We’ve become so spoiled from what he’s accomplished,” former manager John Farrell said. “Even in my mind, there’s maybe an unfair expectation that when he doesn’t hit a ball out of the ballpark in key moments, you’re like, ‘Damn why didn’t he do it?’ That’s the expectation that he’s created.”

Ortiz, whose No. 34 will be retired when the season ends, broke down when it came time to talk about his mother.

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Tributes to Big Papi were everywhere.