David Ortiz was still a prominent part of the Red Sox victory parade

"It makes you feel proud."

David Ortiz parade
David Ortiz is interviewed before the Red Sox victory parade. –Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

David Ortiz wasn’t a member of the 2018 World Series champion Red Sox roster, but the former slugger was nonetheless welcomed back at the victory parade.

Big Papi hitched a ride on a duck boat that included fellow former player Pedro Martinez. Together, they helped to showcase other trophies that Boston baseball has won in the 21st century.

Ortiz, who was at Fenway Park before the parade began, also described his lively presence on Fox throughout the playoffs:

The newest generation of players winning a World Series has been a satisfying feeling, he said. Many of the prominent stars, including Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and Andrew Benintendi, all debuted when Ortiz was a clubhouse leader.


“Watching them perform, watching the spirit that they bring to the field every day, it makes you feel proud of it, because it’s part of something that more [than] likely a lot of them learned from what we used to do here,” Ortiz said in a pre-parade interview.

Ortiz was instrumental in the team’s World Series wins in 2004, 2007, and 2013. So it was only natural that he held one of the other trophies high, along with 2004 teammate Martinez:

Ortiz, a duck boat veteran, appeared to enjoy the view, too.