BOSTON - David Ortiz threw out the first pitch at Monday night's Red Sox game against the New York Yankees, three months to the day after he was shot in the Dominican Republic.
Former teammate Jason Varitek caught the legend's first pitch before Ortiz gave a speech about his return to Fenway Park for the first time since shooting. He was received by thunderous applause.
Welcome back #BigPapi! David Ortiz delivered a speech to the crowd at Fenway Park moments after delivering the first pitch before Monday's #RedSox game. The legend had plenty to be thankful for as he returned to Fenway three months after being shot. #boston #boston25 #davidortiz pic.twitter.com/RbXWPMjlWf— Boston 25 News (@boston25) September 10, 2019
Ortiz was hospitalized for nearly two months after being shot on June 9. Following his release from the hospital at the end of July, Ortiz has largely remained out of the public eye.
The Red Sox and Yankees battled in the fourth game of their four-game series on Monday night. New York bested Boston 10-5 in Sunday night's contest, while the Red Sox fired President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski shortly after the loss.
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