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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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David Ortiz got mostly a standing O in his first at-bat, then a K. CC Sabathia just struck him out after a lot of fans -- many with Red Sox jerseys on -- cheered him at Yankee Stadium.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Standing ovation and chants of "Papi! Papi" as David Ortiz comes to the plate in the second inning. Also, cheers after Ortiz strikes out against CC Sabathia.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mariano Rivera presents David Ortiz with a painting of himself at home plate at Yankee Stadium.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariano Rivera presents David Ortiz with an oil painting of Big Papi standing at home plate at Yankee Stadium and tipping his cap. David Cone and Jacoby Ellsbury give Ortiz a leather-bound book with hand-written letters to him from Yankees players over the years.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees gave David Ortiz two gifts. David Cone and Jacoby Ellsbury presented Ortiz a leatherbound book with well-wishes letters from Yankees. Second, Mariano Rivera unveiled an oil painting with Ortiz standing at home plate tipping his cap to the fans. They played "Sweet Caroline" to close out the ceremony.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

PA announcer Paul Olden just said, "The Yankees would like to put the rivalry" aside to honor Big Papi. When Ortiz was introduced with his family, there were mostly cheers.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees are going to honor David Ortiz momentarily. What is behind the curtain?

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Almost ready for the Big Papi homage at Yankee Stadium

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.

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 

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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