Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/20/13
Like the Bruins before them, the Red Sox spent a good deal of time before their opening pitch on Saturday paying tribute to those who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The organization held a moment of silence for those who lost their lives and gave recognition to the first responders, local heroes and law enforcement. David Ortiz was then given the floor. Ortiz, who happened to be making his return from the disabled list, thanked Boston’s city officials and police department. He then decided no one was going to stop him from speaking directly from the heart. “This is our f****** city,” Ortiz said loud and clear on national television. “And nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.” If there was ever an appropriate time to drop an F-bomb on live TV in front of 38,000 people, this was it. The city of Boston — and the entire country — has had an incredibly long and difficult week. Maybe Ortiz planned it and maybe he didn’t, but there’s no better player to drop an F-bomb on behalf of a city than Big Papi.
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