Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was forced to hold back tears as his daughter, Alex, sang the national anthem before today’s home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.
News of Ortiz’s reaction was posted to Twitter by multiple sources, including ESPN’s Michele Steele.
David's daughter Alex Ortiz said her father told her "don't surprise me like that again… someone told me he cried."
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) April 11, 2016
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 11, 2016
— Graham McKinnon (@GrahamM67) April 11, 2016
This was just the cherry on top for what’s probably already a highly emotional day for Ortiz. He announced that 2016 would be his final season before he ended his Hall of Fame career, marking today as his final Fenway opening day ever as a player.
Thus, after three World Series rings, a .284 lifetime batting average and 505 career home runs in a 20-year career, all while establishing himself as one of the most-feared hitters in the game, it’s easy to see how watching his daughter kick off his final opening day with a great rendition of the national anthem would make Ortiz misty.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Twitter