In addressing the crowd at Fenway Park's first home game after the Boston Marathon Bombing, David Ortiz delivered a most memorable quote. And now he's wielding those words to raise money for the victims of the attack.
The Red Sox designated hitter announced that in conjunction with Marucci Sports he'll be selling customized bats, and 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the One Fund Boston and other sources of victim support. Available at BigPapi.com, the bats look pretty cool: The barrel is blue, and reads, "This is our f-ing city!" next to a silhouette of what appears to be Ortiz pointing skyward after a home run. Next to that, where a player's name would normally be printed, these bats say, "Never Forget. BOSTON STRONG. 4.15.13."
Unsigned bats are being sold for $125, while a $500 donation buys an autographed model. They can be shipped anywhere in the United States, and according to the order form it looks as though you can order up to 20 of each.
Ortiz also left a message on his site:
My Fellow Bostonians,
On April 15, 2013, nearly a decade after I first came to Boston, our city was attacked during one of Boston's most beloved events. Through the great bravery of our service men and women, and the strength of our citizens, Boston has and will continue to persevere through this tragedy. I wanted to figure out a way to do something to help the victims, so I reached out to my partner Marucci Sports who have created these bats to help raise money for those affected by this tragedy. 100% of the net proceeds from these sales will go to the OneFund and other victims of this terrible event. When I gave my speech during the pregame ceremony of our first game back, I fully meant the words I said. Let's get together as a city to show everyone that "nobody is gonna dictate our freedom!"
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