The Red Sox paid an emotional tribute to the people of Boston this afternoon in a moving pregame ceremony at Fenway Park, the first time since last Monday’s deadly terrorist attacks that killed three and left more than 180 wounded.
Designated hitter David Ortiz exclaimed ‘this is our f***ing city’ to rapturous cheers, and some tears, after a moving video, encapsulating the horror and heroism of the past few days, played on the big screen.
Proud Bostonians could be seen watching the game, many of them clutching American flags. The city used the significant sporting event to honor the victims and offer gratitude to the police, firefighters and medical personnel as well as strangers who risked their lives to save others after the senseless attacks.
‘All right, Boston,’ said Ortiz. ‘This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston.
He continued: ‘We want to thank you, Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick, the whole police department for the great job they did this past week. This is our f***ing city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.’