The Boston Red Sox are playing the Kansas City Royals this afternoon in the first game at Fenway Park since Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. The pregame ceremony featured an emotional video tribute of the week’s events set to the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah,” as well as heroic stories from the events. Boston police, emergency responders and marathon volunteers lined the field to ovations, and the Red Sox donned home jerseys with ‘Boston’ across the chest.
Big Papi David Ortiz is back in the Sox lineup for the first time this season. As the team’s emotional leader, Ortiz felt compelled to address the crowd after the ceremonial first pitches were thrown. After noting the “Boston” on the team’s uniforms, Papi ended his short remarks as follows (watch the video below):
“This is our fucking city. No one is going to dictate our freedom. Stay Strong!”
[UPDATE: Full video below]
Papi still has work to do on his New England accent, but that’s about as Boston as it gets.
[UPDATE #2: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski tweets his agreement.]
David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston – Julius
— The FCC (@FCC) April 20, 2013