David Ortiz and the Boston Marathon – A Year Later
After the Boston Red Sox finish their annual Patriots’ Day game on Monday, slugger David Ortiz would like to visit the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It was only one year ago, nearly to the day that two pressure cooker bombs were unleashed at the marathon finish line, just a short mile away from Fenway Park.
Almost an hour after the Red Sox finished their day game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the two ball bearing filled bombs rocked the highly celebrated marathon, killing three people and leaving over 260 people injured.
Boston is set to play Monday against the Baltimore Orioles at the annual 11:00 am start on Patriots’ Day. “After the game, we used to stick around and go down Boylston Street. I’m going to pick out a spot where I can see things, or whatever, because I love to go down there”, said Ortiz.
In a way, the 2013 World Series MVP feels like he owes it to the people of Boston and the city that made him a household name. Ortiz isn’t the only Red Sox player that would like to visit the finish line either.
Jonny Gomes, one of the teams’ clubhouse leaders, thinks that the marathon is going to be one of the most popular spots in the nation to be. Former teammate Jarod Saltalamaccia and Gomes are the two that are given credit for starting the “Boston Strong” phrase that became viral in both the Boston area and across the country. Immediately after the bombings, the Red Sox put the “Boston Strong” phrase on the back of their away jerseys along with the city’s area code 617.
The rest is history as David Ortiz and the Red Sox helped carry and inspire the city and the marathon victims for the rest of the year on their way to the World Series Championship. One of the jerseys featuring “Boston Strong” and 617 were mounted over the championship trophy during the teams famous Duck Boat parade through the streets of Boston.
With a script that couldn’t be written any better, Ortiz feels that it would only be right for him to visit the finish line of this years much anticipated Boston Marathon.
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