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David Ortiz talks to Letterman on 'Late Show' about World Series, childhood idols, more

Posted by Emily Wright  November 5, 2013 08:55 AM

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David Ortiz is making his victory press rounds, and yesterday the World Series MVP stopped by the "Late Show with David Letterman," where he talked about everything from the World Series and Boston Marathon bombings, to his childhood idol, Michael Jordan.


Just a day after a successfully organized New York City Marathon, Letterman touched on the Boston Marathon bombings and how he had wondered back in April whether it was possible for another marathon to take place.

"And when that happened, you begin to wonder, ‘Well, can we ever do anything like this again?’" Letterman posed. "Well, yes, in fact, we did it again now, and it was very successful, and you have become sort of the standard bearer for, ‘By God, this is our city …’”

Ortiz touched on his now infamous speech during the first game after the bombings in Boston.

“…My first day at Fenway, you know, it was … I saw a lot of faces expecting something special to happen, and me being one of those faces, I was just on the other side because I had to play baseball," Ortiz said. "I expressed myself the way I feel at the time.”

"And what exactly did you say?" Letterman asked.

Ortiz paused, and looked like he was considering whether to truly replicate the quote, but chose to censor himself during the interview.

"This is our bleep city!" he said, earning a rousing bout of laughter from Letterman and the crowd.

He talked about his beard not being easy after a while, a beard that he shaved off yesterday at Gillette Stadium to benefit the One Fund.

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