Papi's Back: David Ortiz throws out 1st pitch at Fenway

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Papi's Back: David Ortiz throws out 1st pitch at Fenway

Red Sox fans were in for quite the treat on Monday when David Ortiz made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch of the game against the New York Yankees.

He picked up a mic and told the crowd: "I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life".

Ortiz, introduced on the public-address system as a symbol of "resilience, strength, triumph and love", ran up the steps from the dugout to the field, appearing strong and healthy, before throwing a pitch to former teammate Jason Varitek.

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"I want to thank all of you for all the prayers, all of them came home, I really appreciate it", Ortiz said. "All of them came home". Also, I want to thank the Yankees, a lot of my boys over there and checked up on Big Papi.

On June 9th, 2019, Ortiz was shot in the back at point blank range while eating outside at a restaurant in the DR. Surveillance video showed an assailant pull up to the scene on a motorcycle, then walk right up to Ortiz unabated with a pistol drawn, execution style.

Police have said Ortiz, who spent about a month at Massachusetts General Hospital - including nearly two weeks in the intensive care unit - was not the target of the shooting.

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Afterward, he took to the microphone and offered his thanks for the prayers and well wishes that he's received from fans, the Red Sox organization, his ex-teammates, and even the Yankees.

Ortiz, who spent 14 seasons with the Sox, helping the team win three World Series, retired from baseball in 2016.

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