The streets around Fenway Park are lined with testaments and testimonials to David Ortiz, too.
The Red Sox star’s retirement has been well-known and well-prepared for but when Boston rode into the playoffs with an American League East title in hand, hardly anyone in New England likely assumed it could possibly come so soon.
The best-laid plans likely had Ortiz walking away with his fourth World Series title -- a man who came to Boston trying to break a curse leaving it as a glutton for championships.
The Cleveland Indians, depleted by injuries, lacking Boston’s considerable star power, and with the manager who was there when Ortiz became a star, are just one more win from ending this American League Division Series and moving on to face the Blue Jays or Rangers for a World Series berth.
And in what might be a game not short on runs, with Josh Tomlin and his 4.40 ERA on the mound for Cleveland, Farrell says every pitcher, including Price, is of possible utility.