Prior to the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Friday at Fenway Park, Red Sox personnel received their World Series rings and David Ortiz was given an extra box.
Inside was a special ring to commemorate his World Series MVP award, an extra token of appreciation for the slugger who hit .688 in the Series with two home runs and six RBIs.
“I thought maybe they were giving me somebody else’s ring. I was like, ‘Hey, you’re giving me two,’ ” Ortiz joked after the game.
“But no, it was very kind coming from them. It’s something you’re not expecting . . . and you appreciate the fact they look at you that way.”
During the ceremony, Ortiz wore his 2004 and 2007 championship rings on a necklace. He added the other two to the collection.
But he didn’t display the other rings to honor his own achievements. It was to remind his teammates of what they could accomplish moving forward.
“I think one, to call the attention to the next one,” Ortiz said. “When I was getting my second one, I came to the field with my first one. And look at what happened last year? You never know, we could get another one.
“It’s been a blessing, I just want to thank Red Sox Nation and being so grateful for all years, and that keeps motivating you to keep working hard.”
It was Ortiz’s 12th Opening Day ceremony at Fenway. He said each one has been unique in its own way, though there was something extra special about this one.
The ceremony not only commemorated Boston’s World Series title, it also paid tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, as well as firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who died in last week’s nine-alarm Back Bay fire.
After Ortiz led the Red Sox players in hoisting the American flag and World Series banner, the team was joined by members of the Boston Fire Department to help lower them to half-mast.
“It was magnificent,” Ortiz said. “Every Opening Day ceremony I can remember has been unbelievable, but especially this one, it was amazing the way they put it together.
“At some point, everything went from happiness to sadness. The firefighters last week who lost their lives, I got to meet their families and it was kind of sad to see people going away like that trying to do good things. But all you can do is pray for the families and support.”Anthony Gulizia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @gulizia_a.