BOSTON (CBS) – David Ortiz has given out plenty of souvenirs over the years with his numerous home runs into the Fenway crowd.
Last night, the Red Sox slugger received a souvenir of his own in Boston’s 9-5 win over the Angels.
With a pair of soldiers in the front row next to the Red Sox dugout, Ortiz made some friends while in the on deck circle. After his second at-bat, Army Ranger Sgt. Lucas Carr, who also threw out the ceremonial first pitch, gave Ortiz a medal he received while serving overseas.
“One of them, after my second at-bat, gave me a badge from when he was overseas and he wanted me to keep it,” Ortiz said. “He told me he had that one after one of his soldier friends went down. I think it was very nice.”
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In his next at-bat, Ortiz hit a single to left. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Big Papi hit a two-run home run into the monster seats for his second home run of the year, and first since April 2.
After crossing home, Ortiz jogged over and gave Sgt. Carr a hug.
“First thing I saw right after I crossed the plate was him,” said Ortiz. “He showed me some love.”
After the game, he was asked if his new souvenir brought him good luck.
“I think so,” Ortiz replied.