The Cleveland Indians swept the Boston Red Sox out of the postseason and sent David Ortiz into retirement on Monday night with a 4-3 victory that completed a three-game American League Division Series sweep. Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer, closer Cody Allen got four outs, and the Indians advanced the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2007. That year, they took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against Boston before losing three in a row.
Once I got out of the game, I was screaming at my team to put me back in it. Make me wear this uniform one more day. Because I wasn't ready to be over with the playoff.David Ortiz
Perhaps inspired by the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA title — the city's first pro sports championship since 1964 — the Indians had to shut down the most prolific offense in the major leagues and weather the emotional farewell to Ortiz. Ortiz was lifted for a pinch runner in the eighth and left to a standing ovation. But that wasn't enough for the crowd of 39,530 — the largest at Fenway Park since at least World War II. Chanting "We're not leaving!" and "Thank you, Pa-pi!" for more than 10 minutes while the Indians celebrated, the crowd finally drew Ortiz back onto the field. He made one last farewell, in tears.