David Ortiz makes it official: he will retire after 2016.
Life is based on different chapters, and I think I'm ready to experience the next one in my life.Amen. ... And Happy Birthday, Big Papi!
I pick this day to announce that next season I'm going to be done with my career playing baseball. I would like people to remember me as a guy that was just part of the family, a guy that was trying to do the best, not only on the field, but with everyone around him. Baseball is not just based on putting up numbers. This is our second family. Whoever is around you on a daily basis is like a second family, and I always had good thoughts for everyone around me. ...
I'm really proud of what I had accomplished through the years. I'm very thankful for having fans like guys who have supported me through my career. I wish I could play another 40 years, so I have you guys behind me, but it doesn't work that way.
After next year, time is up, so let's enjoy next season.