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Sox’ David Ortiz lets swear fly, but FCC lets it slide

David Ortiz addressed fans during a pregame ceremony honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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David Ortiz addressed fans during a pregame ceremony honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

To the delight of the Fenway faithful, and the legions of Red Sox fans watching on television, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz let an expletive fly.

But under the circumstances, even the Federal Communications Commission, an agency not known for giving free passes, had to let it slide.

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“David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game,” the FCC tweeted this afternoon. “I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston.” The message was signed by “Julius,” presumably FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.

At the end of a touching ceremony before today’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park, Ortiz gave a rousing address, punctuated with a defiant expletive.

“This is our (expletive) city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom,” he said. “Stay strong.”

The crowd roared its approval.

It was Ortiz’s first game this year after returning from injury. He began his address by saying “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston,” and thanked the police department for their efforts.

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The FCC decision was an instant hit, garnering more than 2,600 retweets and nearly 700 favorites by 6:15 p.m.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.
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