DAVID ORTIZ, AMERICAN
I know this is old. I know I’m late to post it. And I know this isn’t basketball.
Professional sports is out of control. Athletes are overpaid, overexposed, underdeveloped child stars. The games are essentially meaningless, and winning a championship is almost the exact opposite of “unique.” In fact, it’s mandatory. Titles are given out every…single…year.
But sports, and their teams, do give us all something to rally around. Sports bring us together. When Boston was attacked, Boston’s sports teams became as important as they had ever been before.
Their first game back after the Marathon tragedy, the Red Sox won no championship. They didn’t win a pennant, or even make the Playoffs. The game and it’s score were, as previously mentioned, effectively meaningless in the context of the sport and season. This game was, however, one of the biggest, and most important moments in their team’s storied history.
So, when it came time to speak to the people of Boston, to the beloved fans of the Boston Red Sox, during a truly sensitive and vulnerable time, who better than a good, ol’ fashioned American immigrant success story - David Ortiz?
What he said is above, and what’s important to remember is that sometimes it’s important to swear. Sometimes, there’s no better way to say it.
I tip my hat to you, David Ortiz. You are one fine American.
And I root for the New York Yankees.