David Ortiz won’t be the only member of his family in the spotlight at the Hall of Fame induction next Sunday.
His daughter, 21-year-old Alex Veda, was selected to perform the national anthem before the ceremony in Cooperstown.
“I’m so happy to have this opportunity,” she said. “That’s the way our family works. If we have the ability to help each other, we do. There’s no shyness. To be there for my father means a lot to me.”
A rising senior at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Veda is preparing for a career in music production but also has performed for years.
She chose Alex Veda as her professional name in part to distinguish herself from her famous father.
Veda sang the anthem at Fenway Park when she was 16 and has since performed at other venues, including a packed house at Amalie Arena before a Tampa Bay Lightning game.
“This is a huge opportunity for me as a performer and musician,” she said. “Anything you can do to get your name out there helps. I love collaborating with other people and producing. I’d rather be Dr. Dre than Beyoncé. But performing is something I still love.”
The key to the anthem, Veda said, is to start strong and maintain a good pace.
“I’m not shooting for a particular time but I never want to drag it out,” she said. “People don’t like that.”
Veda’s favorite memory of her father’s career is not any particular game. It’s more the fun she had at the Family Day events the team threw for the children of the players and coaches at Fenway Park every year.
“His family in the Dominican Republic, they were all there with us and everybody was crying,” she said. “But he earned it. My brother [D’Angelo] and I were talking about how he was always the first one at the park and the last one to leave.
“He always gave his utmost to baseball and his prime was longer than most. He’s reaped the benefits, especially the Hall of Fame.”