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Bobby Orr, Bruins help bid farewell to David Ortiz

Boston sports stars turn out at Fenway Park to send off Red Sox's 'Big Papi'

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

The Boston Red Sox rolled out some of the city's biggest sports legends to help say goodbye to slugger David Ortiz at Fenway Park on Saturday, including former Boston Bruins defensemen Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque.

Ortiz, who is retiring after this season, gave one of his patented "Big Papi" hugs to Orr before the game.

Tweet from @1037WEEIFM: Bobby Orr at Fenway to celebrate David Ortiz tonight. He was joined by Bruins players and alumni, Patriots alumni, and this year's Celtics.

Among the parade of well-wishers were Bruins players Matt Beleskey, Anton Khudobin, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Dominic Moore, John-Michael Liles and Frank Vatrano.

Tweet from @NHLBruins: #NHLBruins walking on the field at @fenwaypark tonight for 3������4������!#ThanksPapi

Boston Celtics players and former members of the New England Patriots were also on hand, as well as several notable Boston figures. They included Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jeff Bauman, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, the family of Allison Lundy, who was a young cancer patient for which Ortiz hit a home run in 2011, former Jimmy Fund patient Jordan Leandre, and Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball player who started the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The last of the Red Sox's festivities for Ortiz will take place Sunday ahead of his final regular-season game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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