David Ortiz capped off a perfect pre-game tribute to the Boston bombing victims at Fenway Park
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It began with a video tribute to the victims, set to Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah."
The Red Sox brought out Boston police officers, first responders, Mayor Tom Menino, Governor Deval Patrick, and others onto the field, with the crowd offering a standing ovation for each one of them.
There was a moment of silence for the victims, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi and MIT police officer Sean Collier.
Dick and Rick Hoyt (AKA Team Hoyt), who have one of the most inspirational marathon stories ever, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, along with Matt Peterson and Steve Byrne. Peterson is a firefighter who was off-duty at the time of the bombing, but immediately jumped into action and saved a young boy's life. Byrne was at the scene, and was a survivor of the attacks.
The national anthem was started off by the Fenway Park organist, and the crowd took over, much like they've done at Bruins games this week. The PA announcer referred to it as a new tradition, so perhaps that will be a permanent move. I have to say, I wouldn't mind that at all.
The Red Sox wore their traditional home white uniforms, but instead of the usual "Red Sox" written on the front, it said "Boston" and each player wore a patch that read "Boston Strong."
David Ortiz was given the microphone, and ended the ceremony as only he could, exclaiming that "this is our f***ing city," at which point the crowd erupted in cheers. Unfortunately for the TV networks carrying it, it was live and they weren't able to edit out the obscenity, but it may have been better that way. This was (in my humble opinion) the best moment of the season so far, and one of the greatest pre-game ceremonies I've ever seen.
Here's Ortiz's (NSFW) speech:
picture courtesy of the Boston Red Sox