15 Oct David Ortiz: Boston Red Sox legend throws ceremonial pitch in first public appearance since shooting
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The ceremonial first pitch threw in his first public appearance since being taken in the Dominican Republic.
The 10-time All-Star, 43, has been shot June in his home town of Santo Domingo in a case of mistaken identity.
Ortiz, who won 3 World Series titles received a standing ovation.
“I wish to thank the Red Sox,” he explained.
“They always were there for me, they had been aware what happened to me and they had been the first ones supporting me,” Ortiz added, addressing the audience after ditching to prior team-mate and captain Jason Varitek on Monday.
“I wish to thank all of you for all of the prayers. All of them came home.”
Ortiz, first baseman and a designated hitter, ended his 20-year Major League Baseball career in 2016.
He helped Boston win a first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, in addition to championships in 2007 and 2013.
Police in the Dominican Republic have said Ortiz was not the intended victim at the shooting, which left him requiring six months of surgery for internal injuries.
He had been flown into Boston the following day and spent nearly two weeks in intensive care in Massachusetts General Hospital, having additional surgeries before being published on 29 July.
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