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On his last night at Yankee Stadium, David Ortiz to play villain -- and hero

The Yankees will honor David Ortiz before his Bronx finale. Will the fans boo, cheer or even -- gasp! -- moon him? No matter what, it'll be electric.

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Judging by the sheer number of David Ortiz jerseys outside Yankee Stadium tonight -- including fans wearing both Yankees AND Red Sox apparel, Big Papi probably can expect a warm reception on the occasion of his final game in the Bronx. We asked a few fans -- those wearing Yankees gear only for this exercise -- whether they plan to cheer or boo him and why. Believe it or not, despite the bitter rivalry, almost all the answers we got were family friendly.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

One of the bases that will be used today for David Ortiz's last game with the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his plans for this weekend. Relievers will be "choreographed" while his regulars will play but bench guys are still going to get some at bats.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon react to some complaints from players about the "spring feel" to games since the team clinched home field advantage. He starts by saying their 7-2 in their last 9 games.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Uh-oh. Tigers-Indians game rained out. Could create a huge mess if Detroit is within a half-game of a wild card spot Sunday night. Makeup date Monday? Tiebreaker Tuesday?Wild Card gm Wednesday? Hoo boy

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Another Kris Bryant shot as Mike Ditka.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Somewhere in there is David Ortiz addressing the media one last time at Yankee Stadium.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Kris Bryant wearing a Mike Ditka jersey.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon sporting his Lafayette College jersey.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Four days after Vin Scully called his last home game for the Dodgers, another broadcasting legend will say farewell to his home fans. The Padres have honored Dick Enberg by painting his famous catchphrase on the outfield grass. Oh my!

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz likely will get two at-bats tonight, per Red Sox manager John Farrell, who said Big Papi felt "obligation" to play in final game at Yankee Stadium . But Ortiz's at-bats aren't expected to be dialed back at all over the weekend at Fenway Park.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Chris Coghlan discuss his ankle injury which he says is very mild.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs players are wearing football jerseys on getaway day in Pittsburgh. Addison Russell, Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist are wearing Walter Payton while Kris Bryant is sporting a Mike Ditka jersey. Chris Coghlan has Barry Sanders hanging in his locker stall.