The Big Papi Fan Club

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mark wahlberg

Photograph by Angel Cabrera

“My favorite memory of Big Papi was during Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. The Sox were down 3–0 in the series and in danger of being swept by the Yankees. Big Papi hit a two-run, walk-off home run to win the game in the 12th inning. It was a turning point, and we ultimately won the World Series that year.” —Mark Wahlberg

“I’m handling my concerns and my anger and my worries this season by just focusing on Big Papi. He’s having a great start to the season—it’s his final go-around. I’m telling myself I don’t even need to win the World Series this year. I just need to see Big Papi have a great year.” —Denis Leary

“He is loved—that guy is something else. When I was a kid I worked at Fenway, and I remember the characters. But to have someone like Big Papi end his career with us, he’s one of our greatest players and had a great spirit. He’s an anchor for the team, and I’m sorry to see him go.” —Casey Affleck

“Yeah, man, of course I’m sad he’s retiring. He’s like a huge smile that walks out onto the field every game. I think next season, everybody, every player on the Red Sox just has to smile more to make up for the loss of that engaging player. He’s so great.” —Rob Corddry

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