They always have been there for me, they were aware what happened to me and they were the first ones there supporting me,
Ortiz added, addressing the crowd after pitching to former team-mate and captain Jason Varitek on Monday. I want to thank all of you for all the prayers. All of them came home. Ortiz, a designated hitter and first baseman, ended his 20-year Major League Baseball career in 2016. He helped Boston win a first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, as well as championships in 2007 and 2013.
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