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Boston renames street after retired Red Sox player Ortiz

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz laughs with teammates in the dugout after hitting a double for his 2,000th career hit, in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox prepare to honor Ortiz, retiring the No. 34 worn by "Big Papi" when he led the once-cursed franchise to three World Series titles. The ceremony is Friday night, June 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Boston has renamed a street in honor of retired Red Sox player David Ortiz.

Mayor Marty Walsh called the man known as Big Papi a “legend on and off the field” at the ceremony Thursday to rename the street formerly known as Yawkey Way Extension, near Fenway Park to David Ortiz Drive.

Ortiz called it an honor because “this city means a lot to me — this city got me to where I am.”

Ortiz retired last season after a 20-year major league career, including 14 years in Boston. The designated hitter helped the Red Sox win three World Series championships, including their first in 86 years in 2004.

A bridge near Fenway Park is already named for Ortiz. The Red Sox are scheduled to retire his No. 34 on Friday.

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