Rays may make a bigger deal of Ortiz farewell after all
The Rays may end up making a bigger deal of saying goodbye to etiring Red Sox star David Ortiz during next week's final Trop visit after all.
The Times reported Friday the Rays would show just a short in-game tribute video. Team president Brian Auld said late Friday afternoon the plans for the Ortiz's Sept. 25 final game are not yet set, and he wants to get the input of their players.
That could put the Rays more in line with other teams, which have presented Ortiz with unique gifts and/or made donations to his childrens' charity.
""We have the outline of a plan for next Sunday and we're waiting for the players to come home so that we can get their input before finalizing the details,'' Auld said.
Veteran team leader Evan Longoria said the players want to present Ortiz a gift - hinting they have something in mind that is "sentimental" - and are eager to talk with Auld.
"Obviously we would like to do something for him,'' Longoria said. "I have no answer if that means something monetarily as a donation to his foundation, if that means a gift, I don't know yet.
"I guess we will get together with Brian and see what makes the most sense. The players want to do something for him, we'll figure out the best way to accomplish that so we feel like we've done it the right way.''