Tuesday’s Mashup: David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway Park, addresses crowd in first public appearance since shooting

Lucy Burdge
September 10, 2019 - 5:25 am

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Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


-- David Ortiz returned to Fenway Park on Monday for the first time since his shooting to throw out the first pitch before the Red Sox-Yankees series finale. 

This was the first public appearance for Ortiz since he was shot in the Dominican Republic in June. 

Jason Varitek was on hand to catch the pitch. 

Ortiz also addressed the crowd, thanking the team and the fans for their support. 

“I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family,” He said. “They always have been there for me, supporting me. They were aware of what happened to me and they were the first ones there supporting me.” 

“I want to thank all of you for all the prayers,” he continued. “All of them came home.”

He also thanked his former teammates and the Yankees for checking on him. 

-- A man with an “intense dislike” of the Patriots has been charged with threatening a shooting at Gillette Stadium before the team’s regular-season opener on Sunday night.

Tobias Gray, of East Providence, appeared in a Rhode Island court on Monday on a fugitive from justice charge and unrelated domestic assault charges. 

He was wearing a Giants jersey. 

Gray agreed to waive extradition to Massachusetts, where he’s wanted by Foxboro police for ‘‘making terroristic threats.’’

His lawyer, Stefanie DiMaio Larivee, said Gray apparently took to Facebook to express anger at reports the Patriots signed Antonio Brown and he meant no harm.

Gray reportedly threatened to “pull a white boys school shooting at Foxboro.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re glad to have him on the team and we’ll just take it day by day and see how it goes.” -- Bill Belichick, on Antonio Brown