David Ortiz throws out ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park in his first public appearance since he shot

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 09: David Ortiz throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, making his first public appearance since being shot in the Dominican Republic earlier this year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the Red Sox and New York Yankees game Monday at Fenway Park in Boston.

Ortiz, who received a standing ovation from fans and players as he jogged onto the field, threw the pitch to his former teammate Jason Varitek. Ortiz addressed the crowd to thank his teammates and family for their support.

Ortiz has been recovering from the wounds he suffered when a bullet passed through his lower back and perforated his intestines and lower organs on June 9.

The former Red Sox designated hitter was not the intended target of the shooting at a Santo Domingo bar. The gunman meant to shoot the person sitting next to him in what been revealed to be a botched $30,000 hit, authorities said.

Ortiz, who spent 14 seasons with the Sox, helping the team win three World Series, retired from baseball in 2016.

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