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.READ MORE: Rachael Rollins Nominated To Be U.S. Attorney For Massachusetts
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.MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Gas Prices Remain Above $3 Per Gallon; 'Could Be Less Expensive In August'
“I think so,” Ortiz replied.