Fenway sends Big Papi out in style

Big Papi emerged through the October mist Sunday to a standing Red Sox nation.

His wife and children were by his side as the Fenway faithful honored No. 34's moments and memories that turned the tide for baseball in Boston.

The clutch hitter was presented with custom-made boots and a gold bat.

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"This bat is like your heart ... it is pure gold," said the announcer.

He also got a big hug from a 6-year-old boy who received a life-saving surgery thanks to the David Ortiz Children's Foundation.

State and city leaders, along with the Dominican Republic president, were on hand to ensure Papi's presence will continue to be felt across the city.

The bridge over the Mass Pike on Brookline Avenue will be named the Big Papi bridge and the road connecting Fenway to the new commuter rail stop will be named David Ortiz Drive.

Hall of famers Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski were also there as the Red Sox announced the next number to be retired - 34. 

Former teammates took to the field hoisting the World Series trophy, a reminder of those who helped end the curse.

When it was finally Big Papi's turn to talk, his goodbye was as classy as ever.

"I wanna thank my mom ... I wanna thank you, Mom, wherever you are. I love you so much and I miss you," he said.

Then, one more tip of his cap to Red Sox nation.

"I want to thank all of you. The fans -- thank you, thank you so much ... You guys are the best," he said.

And with that, it was the end of Big Papi's regular season with the Red Sox, but certainly not the end of his legacy.