David Ortiz

Somber David Ortiz says Marathon bombing verdict won't bring victims back

John Tomase
April 08, 2015 - 1:52 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- David Ortiz memorably told a packed Fenway Park and rapt television audience, "This is our (bleeping) city," in response to the Marathon bombings. But defiance yielded to a somber acknowledgement of reality on Wednesday when Ortiz was asked for a reaction to the news that surviving bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been found guilty on all 30 counts in federal court. "I don'€™t know, man," Ortiz said. "What can I tell you? I mean, it doesn'€™t matter. It'€™s not going to bring those people who lost their lives back. It is what it is." Ortiz was in no mood to celebrate the conviction of a murderer who took the lives of four people, and had little to say on the possibility of Tsarnaev receiving the death penalty. "I don't know," he said. "I'm not a judge." Teammate Shane Victorino, however, was more pointed in his thoughts. "Anytime the system finds a guy who committed, to me, an evil act, it's a sad and a day we'€™ll all never forget, especially being an athlete," Victorino said. "Individuals who lived in that city, people from that city people who were'€¦ things you look back upon. I'€™m very happy that was the verdict, he was found guilty. Obviously the sentencing on what is going to happen hasn'€™t been made, but I think for me it'€™s a happy day in regards to finding this individual who committed this sinful and evil act, guilty of all the charges he was charged with."