PHIL TOR | SLUMP SPORTS
There is no denying the raw emotion that flourishes in sports. Sports bring out the emotion in every athlete who touches a ball, or laces up a pair of cleats. But its rare to find a person that can bring out emotion in an entire city.
That is what David Ortiz did for the city of Boston that day.
April 20th 2013: Boston Red Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Even 5 days after the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, people were still nervous… still scared. That is until David Ortiz strode out to the middle of the diamond and said something that immortalized him as a Boston legend.
“All right, Boston,” said Ortiz, quieting down the crowd. “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say ‘Red Sox.’ It says ‘Boston.’ We want to thank you, Mayor [Thomas] Menino, Governor [Deval] Patrick, the whole police department for the great job that they did this past week.”
“This is our f——- city. And nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”
The crowd jumped out of their seats and gave Ortiz a huge round of applause as he strut back to the dugout. Of the 50 or so times I have been to Fenway in my life the cheers that Ortiz got that day were by far the loudest.
That is until about 3 hours and 8 innings later. The Red Sox and Royals battled the whole game. It was a pitching duel between Sox starter Clay Buchholz and Royals ace James Shields. The Sox were held to just one run through 8 innings, then in the bottom of the eighth inning Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava made 35,000 people jump out of their seats.
Nava blasted a 3-run home run over the Right Field fence to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead going into the final inning. The Red Sox eventually closed out the Royals, and won the first game since the marathon bombings, that devastated our city.
The bombings at the Boston Marathon left a scar on the people of Massachusetts, and it was not until David Ortiz said those 5 words that the city gained back their hope. The Red Sox helped the people realize their loyalty, passion, and strength.
Boston will always be strong.