David Ortiz wasn’t mincing words in the wake of the terrorist attack on Boston. His use of the f-word seemed to sum up the feeling of the city after the two men who inflicted so much pain were no longer a threat. Now, the man they call “Big Papi” is putting his name and his money where his mouth is.
Special “This is Our F-ing City!” bats are being sold at BigPapi.com. The colorful sticks were specially made by Marucci, which supplies Ortiz with his game bats. The blue barrel contains the famous quote, next to a silhouette of Ortiz pointing to the air after a home run. Where his name would appear on the barrel, is printed “Never Forget. BOSTON STRONG. 4.15.13.”
The bats cost $125 while those carrying his autograph will be $500. All proceeds to to the One Fund and other charities which are helping those impacted by the blast at the Boston Marathon last month.
On the website, Ortiz has written a letter:
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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