Monday, May 20, 2024

David Ortiz Throws 1st Pitch, Talks to Crowd Before Yankees vs. Red Sox

Yankees vs Red Sox: Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz picked the most logical place for his first public appearance since he was shot in the Dominican Republic: Fenway Park.

Per ESPN’s Joon Lee, Ortiz threw out the first pitch prior to Monday’s game against the New York Yankees, appearing in public for the first time since the June shooting. The Red Sox shared a video of the emotional scene in which Ortiz addressed a crowd that greeted him with nothing but love after he threw the pitch to former teammate Jason Varitek:

“First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be able to be here with all of you,” Ortiz said (h/t Mike Pescaro of NBC Boston). “I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family. They always have been there for me, supporting me. They were aware of what happened to me, and they were the first ones there supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox fans.”

Ortiz also put the rivalry aside and thanked the members of the Yankees for being there for him after the shooting, as well.

Pescaro noted 14 people have been arrested in the case, and investigators in the Dominican Republic deemed the shooting a case of mistaken identity and said the Red Sox legend was not the intended target.

He was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment after initial surgery in the Dominican Republic and was released in July.

Ortiz also hired former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to further investigate the shooting.

source: bleacherreport

Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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