Ortiz wants to visit Marathon finish line Monday

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz wants to visit the Boston Marathon finish line Monday after the Red Sox are done with their Patriots' Day game against Baltimore.

Just more than a year ago, two bombs went off near the finish line, less than a mile from Fenway Park, about an hour after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured.

"After the game, we used to stick around and go down Boylston (Street)," Ortiz said Friday. "I'm going to pick out a spot where I can see things, or whatever, because I love to go down there."

Boston plays the Orioles on Monday in its traditional 11 a.m. Patriots' Day start.

Red Sox teammate Jonny Gomes figures attention will be on the finish line, especially this year.

"That's probably going to be the hottest place in the country to be," he said.

Gomes and then-teammate Jarrod Saltalamaccia were credited for coming up with the "Boston Strong" motto last year as the city recovered from the bombing. The club put it on the back of a gray road jersey with the number 617, the city's area code.

Six months later, the pair stepped off a duck boat during the parade that followed Boston's third World Series title in 10 seasons. They draped a jersey over the championship trophy at the finish line.



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