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David Ortiz: “This is our [bleeping] city”

Apr 20, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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The Red Sox held an emotional pre-game ceremony this afternoon at Fenway Park to honor those affected by Monday’s Marathon bombings. Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston Police commissioner Edward Davis were both in attendance for the occasion and received generous applause from the crowd.

In a tradition started by the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, the crowd sang the National Anthem in unison. You can watch that here. Then we had our ceremonial first pitch, which featured some local heroes: Matt Patterson, an off-duty firefighter, saved the life of a young boy on Monday. Steven Byrne, who was hospitalized after being injured during the bombings. And the father-and-son running team of Dick and Rick Hoyt.

Fenway did the ceremony right, but as our own Aaron Gleeman notes, David Ortiz stole the show before the players took the field.

Maybe a couple of you will take offense to the expletive, but it almost felt poignant given the hell that city has been through this week. Hey, the fans sure didn’t seem to mind.

UPDATE: Below you’ll find the (edited) video of Ortiz’s comments, but we think you’ll get the gist.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Nope not at all, it feels very appropriate, given the circumstances.

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    “Maybe people of you will take offense to the expletive”

    His words were; its what happened on Monday that we take offense to.

    Our feelings were eloquently stated by Big Papi.

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Sorry, meant to say: “His words were apt..”

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Fucking apt.

    • sabatimus - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      His words were so apt that the FCC, via its Twitter feed, has no problem whatsoever with it.

      • sabatimus - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        I bet I know what punk on this thread thumbed this down…

      • baseballisboring - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:36 AM

        The FCC never lets anything go, I was absolutely shocked by that.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I love the “F- word.”

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      I’ve long wondered, since the vast majority of folks use the word from time to time, and no one has ever demonstrated that hearing or reading it causes grievous harm, just who the fuck it is the censors are supposedly protecting and why? It’s a word, not a speeding bullet. If your kids hear it and ask about it, that gives you a great teaching moment to explain your feelings about it. If adults hear it and get the vapors, counseling is available. Seriously, it’s just a word.

  5. kjm18 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    If you take offense to that, go jump off a bridge.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      ***If you take offense to that, go fuck yourself

  6. sharksfan754 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Perfect use of the F word. It’s just too overdone in today’s world.. When used sparingly it really emphasizes the point.

    • ptfu - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Absolutely. Extreme language should be reserved for extreme situations, strong language for powerful situations, etc. This definitely qualifies.

  7. Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM


  8. section118 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I have no problem with the curse word.

    The most common reason for the FCC complaint is “How do I explain to my kid…” After this week, people should realize that explaining the F-word is the easiest thing to explain.

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Hilarious. It’s usually kids who get smacked by their parents for saying it in the first place. Kids are happily familiar and comfortable with it. I think grown-ups need it explained to themselves.

    • rjostewart - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Any kids at Fenway Park are likely to have heard at least a dozen f-bombs by the bottom of the first inning even under normal circumstances.

      • bigharold - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Or, just about any other ballpark for that matter.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    How about those 7-10 bluejays? ,228 tean battubg average, a 4.90 team ERA!!! What a team you put together AA!!! Gotta love it!!

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      THAT’S all you have to say? On THIS thread?

      You are one vile, petty, hateful, mean-spirited little sonofabitch.

      • Mark - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        He needs to be banned at this point and it’s pretty disappointing he hasn’t been.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        vile? hateful? mean spirited? Name one thing i wrote that would even come remotely close to those words you just used to describe my post? get a clue before you write if thats even possible

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        It is very surprising to see Harry’s comment during this thread. He seems to have a serious mental health issue.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Nah, he’s just a garden-variety prick and a coward who uses the anonymity of the internet to get off on irritating people.

        I can take a lot of nonsense online, but posting crap like that on a fairly important and emotional story like this is just too much.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      banned for writing about baseball on a baseball thread? Are you for real? get a life mark, seriously son

      • sabatimus - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Seriously, is there a mod around?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Hey proudly how about those 7-11 bluejays? Gotta love it, oh great defense as always!

    • cur68 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Well, its official. dirtyharry1971 is a fucker.

      • nbjays - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Jeez, Cur, it took you THIS long to figure that out? And here I thought you were moderately intelligent…

        Just yanking your chain, bro. And yes, I agree, dirtyharry1971 is a pathetic individual, but look on the bright side…, the juvenile, petty, hateful vitriol that he spews makes the intelligent, thoughtful and sometimes eloquent posts on here look that much more so.

        And as for Big Papi’s F-bomb? Fuckin’ A!

  10. thebadguyswon - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Not offended. The situation merits it.

  11. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    i guess i’ll be the one to rain cynicism down on this, but “dictating freedom” is EXACTLY what happened when police illegally shut down an entire city for one kid – who they weren’t even responsible for finding. i have no problem with a man hunt, but we as americans set a dangerous precedent with the cheering on of the actions taken this week.

    flame away

    • Kevin Gillman - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Yeah but that “kid” as you called him was responsible for at LEAST 3 deaths, and over 170 wounded innocent people, some lost their legs, arms, and other parts of their bodies, and for what? To make a statement? I think us Americans have every right to cheer for the police department capturing this kid.

      • denny65 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        That kid was responsible for at least *four* deaths; don’t forget the MIT policeman.

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        You’re right Denny, and there might even be more when it’s all said and done. Let’s pray there isn’t, but it’s possible.

    • carbydrash - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Yes, but didn’t this have more to do with a public safety threat than anything? IE, they weren’t on lockdown because they thought it would make him easier to find, they were on lockdown because they had literally been throwing bombs at police, and police were unsure about the number of explosives they still had/if explosives were still waiting to go off.

      I agree that it seemed excessive. They likely did not need to shut down the entire transit system and order the city of Boston (not Watertown) to stay indoors, but it came from more of an overabundance of concern for public safety than anything. In the future, they likely *will* localize these types of shutdowns more. I have no problem with some thoughtful, restrained criticism of the scope, but there is certainly nothing wrong with people cheering. Is it not possible to be immensely proud of the work that was done and also set aside some time to discuss a maybe too large scope in the future?

    • michaelvicklikespoodlesandnoodles - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Seriously? “Illegally”? Please cite the number of the statute or law that prohibits the local authorities (which includes the police) from suggesting (NOT ordering) that people stay off the streets because a pair of vicious wackjobs are throwing bombs and shooting at passersby. Please, I’ll wait for your cite. I suspect I’ll be waiting quite a while.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      As someone who lives in Watertown and was less than a mile from where he was caught, seriously go fuck yourself. No one who was evacuated or unable to leave took issue with the decision and in this instance, it was exactly what was needed.

  12. gbar22 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Meanwhile Wayne Lapierre was spotted saying “these are my fucking guns and if i want to sell them to a bunch of mentally unstable peeps and some criminals thats my fucking civil right. fuck yeah America rocks!” to a bunch of kids in Connecticut.

    Normally I would protest the use of the word fuck as its usually overused by men who want to sound tough and they think by cursing they are somehow more badass but I get it in this setting and its appropriate. But it does bother me how we take some tragedies and cheer for something to be done but then completely ignore another. While I celebrate the successful end to this tragedy I feel for those in Connecticut who were ignored by our cowardly representatives who basically said those kids died for nothing.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      I always feel like a badass when I say fuck.

      • paperlions - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        Yeah, me too. Especially in from of my mom.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        My mom is also very impressed with my swearing ability.

  13. gbar22 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Also this nonsense I’m watching on fox right now is just totally obnoxious.

  14. mclovinhockey - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I am pretty sure this is one if those few and far between moments where the F-word is not only appropriate, but an excellent word choice.

  15. bricktop02 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Right from the heart and to the point.

  16. hurls187 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Fuckin A!!!!

  17. atworkident - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Stay Classy Boston.

  18. ryanw822 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Nice job Ortiz. Instead of talking about the tribute, you overshadowed it by cursing.

    But hey, its the F word man! How awesome is that!! /sarcasm.

  19. michaelvicklikespoodlesandnoodles - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Like I’ve always said, “Those who use profanity have run out of cogent ideas and are just reacting emotionally.” Which just goes to show you that I can be wrong too. The word that Ortiz used in this circumstance was fitting and matched what a lot of people would have said in the same situation. For what its worth (not much), I forgive you, Mr. Ortiz.

  20. buddypuddy - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Excellent use of a gerund, Mr. Ortiz. Well played.

  21. baseballbum - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Big Papi has big equity. He was the right person to say it and not have it be offensive. It’s been a tough week for this city and he’s a tough dude.

  22. imthewiz77 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I have no problem with using the F-word and thought he did a good job, just this he should have put more emphasis on the word our and city rather than F***. But it is his 2nd language so I am not gonna get on his enunciation too much.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      you can just write fuck since we aren’t in 1st grade

      • imthewiz77 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

        I mean i don’t really give a fuck bro, i was just trying to keep it clean

  23. bobrobertsxxxxx - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Boston Strong! Not gonna be held hostage by no terrorist! (well at least not until he is captured).

    David Ortiz was legitimate in using the F-Word. No one in Beantown has a bigger horse-c*ck than he does. If anyone knows how to F! its David F’ing Ortiz.

    Stay Strong Boston! Keep F-ing!

  24. barkleyblows - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Another reason to hate boston and its fans. The only way they could win was by using steroids. I guess you gotta try and keep up with the Yankees.


    • nbjays - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Keep up with the Yankees in using steroids, you mean? Not gonna happen… the Yanks have too big a head start.


  25. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Go Boston, go !

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