David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway Park, surprises crowd 3 months after he was shot

FILE photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Beloved Boston icon David Ortiz brought the crowd at Fenway Park to its feet after making a surprise appearance three months after he was shot in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz, the retired Red Sox slugger, was met with roaring applause and a standing ovation Monday night when he came out to throw out the first pitch ahead of the team’s game against the New York Yankees. It was his first public appearance since the shooting on June 9.

“First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be able to be here with all of you,” Ortiz said before the game. ” I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family, they have always been there for me, supported [me]. With what happened to me, they were the first supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox family.”

Ortiz, who is affectionately known as “Big Papi,” was sitting at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when a gunman came behind him and opened fire. An investigation into the shooting revealed that Ortiz was not the intended target and the bullets were meant for his friend, Sixto David Fernandez.

Oritz underwent at least three surgeries after he was shot in the back. He was released from the hospital nearly 7 weeks after the shooting.

Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, of New Jersey, was arrested and identified as the alleged gunman who shot Ortiz. Thirteen other suspects have also been arrested for their alleged involvement in the shooting.

Mookie Betts, the right fielder for the Red Sox, posted a tribute to Ortiz welcoming him back.

“So glad to have you back! Love you big bro,” he wrote on Instagram.

Red Sox fans were pleasantly surprised at both the appearance and how good he looked on Monday.

“Everybody stood up. It was unbelievable,” one Red Sox fan told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB. “Everyone was just cheering. It was crazy.”

“He actually looked really good when he came out,” the fan said. “I was surprised. I thought he’d be, like, maybe limping or with someone helping him, but he ran right out there.”

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

See Dennis Rodman like never before on ESPN’s “30 for 30” doc

ABC News(NEW YORK) –The new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse, premiering Tuesday night, takes a “definitive look” at the controversial former athlete.

The “better” is the now 58-year-old Rodman’s improbable rise from airport janitor to basketball star, earning a total of five NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls.

The “worse”? His drunken off-court antics, and a controversial friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the latter of which he hopes will ultimately lead to better U.S.-North Korean relations.

“It’s very sensitive to people these days, but it was a great experience for me to do that,” Rodman tells ABC News. “I think that if something good comes out of it, I hope President Trump can persevere from that right there and make it work.”

The documentary covers Rodman’s many highs and lows, which begs the question: Is he happy these days?

“I think I’m happy for the fact that I’m still living,” says Rodman. “Happy the fact that I can really see my kids grow up. It’s been a really difficult time on and off for the past 35 years, but I think now my whole focus now, every time I think about my kids it gives me the purpose to live a little bit more you know.”

One source of pride for Rodman is the legacy he believes he’ll leave behind.

“Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, they’re everlasting, rock stars…I’m in that category,” he says. “You know, with Steve Jobs, innovator, creator, stuff like that. You know, way before his time.”

Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 9/9/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
NY Yankees 5, Boston 0
Houston 15, Oakland 0
Cleveland 6, LA Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 2
NY Mets 3, Arizona 1
Milwaukee 8, Miami 3
Pittsburgh 6, San Francisco 4
Chi Cubs 10, San Diego 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
New Orleans 30, Houston 28
Oakland 24, Denver 16

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019