David “Big Papi” Ortiz is back! The MLB legend threw the first pitch ahead of a Yankees-Red Sox game on Monday, marking his first public appearance since getting shot in his native Dominican Republic earlier this year.
Fans at Boston’s Fenway Park went wild on Monday as Ortiz was announced to throw the ceremonial first pitch ahead of his former team’s game against the New York Yankees.
The Hall of Famer jogged onto the field amid cheers and a standing ovation, throwing the pitch to his former teammate Jason Varitek.
Still To Come: The Dominican police determined that the baseball legend was the victim of a botched $30,000 hit
Ortiz, 43, then addressed the crowd in an emotional speech, thanking everyone for their support in the last couple of months as he recovered.
"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 began.
"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 family."
"I want to thank all of you for all the prayers; all of them came home. I really appreciate it, thank you very much," the three-time World Series champion added, before thanking his former teammates and Yankees players.
"I want to thank my former teammates for being there for me. Also, all of them came home to check up on this boy," he revealed. "I want to thank the Yankees. A lot of my boys over there came over there to check up on Big Papi, thank you very much."
Ortiz was shot in the back on June 9 in his Dominican Republic hometown of Santo Domingo. The bullet came out through his stomach, causing injuries to his liver and intestines.
Following surgery in the Dominican Republic, the Red Sox management sent in a plane to transport Ortiz back to Boston for further medical treatment.
After a series of investigations, the Dominican police determined that the baseball legend was the victim of a botched $30,000 hit on another man.
Ortiz, who briefly played with the Minnesota Twins, ended his impressive 20-season career in 2016 after making 10 All-Star appearances and leading the Red Sox to many victories.
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