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David Ortiz and Devin McCourty throw ceremonial pitches at Red Sox opener

The Red Sox lined up for the national anthem for Thursday's home opener.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Hall of Famer David Ortiz threw out a first pitch on Opening Day at Fenway Park Thursday along with recently retired Patriots safety and three-time Super Bowl champion Devin McCourty.

They were joined by former Celtics guard Dana Barros and former Bruins winger Shawn Thornton.

The quartet was selected in recognition of their community service.

David Ortiz, Shawn Thornton, Dana Barros, and Devin McCourty stroll in from left field for their first-pitch duties.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Rafael Devers, who agreed to a 10-year, $313.5 million contract extension in January, received the loudest cheers when the Red Sox players were introduced.

“The third baseman who will stay in Boston the next decade,” said public address announcer Henry Mahegan.

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healy was greeted by Wally, the Red Sox mascot.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Michelle Brooks-Thompson, an Opening Day regular, did her usual fine job on the national anthem. The ceremonies also included a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Nashville Monday.


There also was a flyover by two F-15Cs from the 104th Fighter Wing (Massachusetts Air National Guard) and two F-35As from the 158th Fighter Wing (Vermont Air National Guard).

It was 38 degrees at first pitch against the Baltimore Orioles.

Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.