Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's career came to an end following a 4-3 home loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians swept the American League Division Series 3-0 and will play the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series.

A rough ending.

Ortiz's career enddidn't come to the close many, including himself, were hoping for. Besides failing to make it back to the World Series, Ortiz struggled immensely towards the end of the season and in this playoff series.

Headed into tonight's loss, Ortiz was just 1 for 8 in the series. He rebounded a little bit on Monday, knocking in a run with a sacrifice fly and walking twice, the second bringing a pinch runner on for Ortiz and ending his career.

After Ortiz was lifted for a pinch runner, he was given a massive ovation as he calmly made his way into the Red Sox's dugout. He was much more emotional after the game, walking back on to the field and saluting the fans while being surrounded by media members and hearing the chants "Papi! Papi!

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A sublime career.

While starting his career with the Minnesota Twins, Ortiz didn't distinguish himself as an elite player until he joined the Red Sox in 2003. He famously helped to end the Red Sox's long-held curse by delivering a World Series title in 2004, 2007, and 2013, all due to clutch walk-off hits by the designated hitter.

His individual accolades include 10 All-Star appearances and six Silver Slugger Awards.

He led the American League in home runs once, and in runs batted in three times.He had one of the best seasons in his career in his final season, having the best statistical season for a retiring baseball player and earning MVP consideration. He closes his career with 541 home runs, 1,768 RBIs, and 2,472 hits.

For many, Ortiz's most important moment came in a pregame quote, instead of on-field production.

On April 20, 2013, in the first game at Fenway Park since the Boston Marathon bombings, Ortiz took the mic and said, "This is our f****** city, and no one is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong." With that, he became an American icon.

Now, it's time for him to begin a new chapter in his life.

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