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Boston Red Sox honor David Ortiz

By
Alex Butler

BOSTON, April 11 (UPI) -- "Our beloved Big Papi" was praised in a way only Boston can Monday in the Red Sox's home opener.

Designated hitter David Ortiz was not only honored by the team as he was introduced, but he was also lucky enough to have his daughter sing the National Anthem.

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First, John Lennon's "Imagine" was played as highlights from Ortiz's illustrious run on the Red Sox showed on the video board. Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Bill Russell were on hand, as well as New England Patriots great Ty Law, to share the pitcher's mound with Ortiz for the first pitch. Ortiz's former teammates Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, and Jason Varitek joined Ortiz for "Play Ball."'

The retiring slugger was most moved when he was surprised as his daughter, Alex, sang the national anthem. Ortiz wiped away tears during the rendition.

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"It's going to be his last season, that's what it was all about for me," Law told the Boston Herald. "Tapping me to do this for Big Papi along with the great Bobby Orr and Bill Russell, it's an honor in itself."

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Baltimore defeated Boston 9-7, to move the Red Sox's record to 3-3 this season.

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Ortiz, 40, has 505 career home runs, 1,646 career RBI, and a career .284 batting average. 'Big Papi' is a three-time World Series Champ and nine-time All Star. After being signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 1992, Ortiz was traded to the Minnesota Twins. He was released by the Twins in 2002, before signing with the Red Sox in 2003.

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