David Ortiz graces the cover of the new issue of Boston Common magazine. In an interview with the mag, the Red Sox slugger reminisced about the time he dropped the F-bomb at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon bombing: “When you get angry and you get mad, that’s the first thing that you think of,” he said. “And I was angry. I was mad. I was very emotional because of everything that was going down, as a citizen in Boston. The Marathon is part of what we are. Even if you’re not from Boston or you don’t live in Boston, the Marathon makes you a part of it. And then something like that goes down, you just — you feel it deeply. So [the speech] went down that way, and I’m happy and proud the way it went down, because it motivated a lot of people to get back together and go back to what we used to be before that.”
The feature story by Michael Hurley looks back at Big Papi’s career, and includes commentary from sportswriter Tony Massarotti and former Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino (who says Ortiz has “the biggest heart in baseball”).