The baseball world -- and some outside of baseball -- took to social media to say thanks to Big Papi.
Ortiz's current and former Red Sox teammates, including several from the 2004 World Series team, spoke of his character as a teammate and his contributions to Boston.
Was a honor to be teammate the last 2 year with one of the best person I know in my life I want to say thank you for everything to @davidortiz one of the things I always going to remember of you papi is everytime I was in the dugout and you coming close to me after you get a out in you a bat you always say watch my next one is going to be my and next a bat everybody know the rest lol 💪💪💪😎😎 thanks for all tips you give to me my friend #34 legendario ⚾️⚾️
Well done compadre, well done. Bien hecho compadre, bien hecho. 💪🏻🇺🇸🇩🇴⚾️ https://t.co/ayXvFB7TeQ— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) October 11, 2016
@davidortiz congrats on a HoF career on and off the field my friend! God Bless you and Tiff moving forward! Btw get little mannys hair cut!— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) October 11, 2016
Playing on the same team with @davidortiz these past 2 years have been a blessing. Thanks for your heart and God bless you brother! #🐐— robbie ross (@Ross_108) October 11, 2016
Those who have competed against Ortiz also wished him well.
Thank you for being an excellent example for me and the younger guys. It was great to watch you work on and off the field. Hope more of us follow in your footsteps. Gracias por ser un excelente ejemplo para mí y para los peloteros jóvenes. Fue genial verte trabajar dentro y fuera del terreno. Espero que más de nosotros sigamos tus pasos.
I would like to congratulate my big brother David Ortiz on a great career. Thanks for all of the advice you have given me over the years. I will miss you and good luck on your retirement. Me gustaría felicitar a mi hermano David Ortiz en una gran carrera. Gracias por todos los consejos que me has dado en los últimos años. Te extrañaré y buena suerte en tu retiro.
@davidortiz Welcome to the retirement. I was surprised every time I got you out.— dan haren (@ithrow88) October 11, 2016
Congrats and cheers🍷
It was an honor getting to play against you @davidortiz sad to watch one of my favorite players ever retire! One of the best ever!!— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) October 11, 2016
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski shared some funny pictures of him and Ortiz together, while Boston mayor Marty Walsh and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator, tweeted that Ortiz won't soon be forgotten and joined others in calling him a legend. Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was another figure from outside of baseball to send some love Papi's way. Noted Boston sports fan Ben Affleck also chimed in.
THANK YOU PAPI.!!! @davidortiz— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) October 11, 2016
It's more than safe to say Ortiz will be missed by the city of Boston and in the baseball world. Happy retirement, Big Papi.