SPRINGFIELD, MA – If you missed the jersey retirement ceremony or David Ortiz‘s retirement tour during the 2016 season, you will get the chance to say ‘thank you’ to David Ortiz for creating some of the biggest moments in Boston Red Sox history.

The Springfield Thunderbirds announced that the Boston Red Sox great will be coming to Springfield for the game on Saturday, November 11 against the Laval Rocket. It will be the first time the Rocket has played against the Thunderbirds.

Ortiz played 19 years in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. His number 34 was retired during a ceremony at Fenway Park on June 23, 2017. With the Red Sox, he won three World Series championships and is the current record holder for most home runs by a Red Sox player with 541.

Ortiz will be a part of the ceremonial puck drop as well as first intermission activities. Early arriving fans that night will also receive an Upper Deck David Ortiz card commemorating the night.

“I’m very excited to visit my fans in Springfield and thank them for all of their love and support over the past 15 years,” Ortiz said.

“We could not be more excited to host David Ortiz at a Thunderbirds game,” Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa said. “This is the biggest promotional night in our franchise’s history, and we cannot wait to share in our fans’ excitement to see ‘Big Papi’ in Springfield. It will truly be a highlight of our season and a memorable salute to one of the world’s most beloved athletes.”

The Thunderbirds will begin preseason in just three weeks when they play a home-and-home series against the Providence Bruins on Friday, September 29 at the MassMutual Center and Saturday, September 30 at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

They will kick off the 2017-18 season when they play Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Saturday, October 7.  The home opener is Saturday, October 14 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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