If ever there were an excuse for on-air f-bomb, this is it.
When the Boston Red Sox returned to Fenway Park Saturday for its first game since the bombing of the city's marathon, designated hitter David Ortiz gave a brief but rousing speech punctuated by some R-rated language.
After thanking Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and the city’s police department, Ortiz yelled “This is our f---ing city!” Ortiz added: “And nobody's going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”
The game against the Kansas City Royals was broadcast nationally on MLBN, as well as regionally on NESN. It was also carried on local radio stations WEEI 850 and WUFC 1510.
But Ortiz’s f-bomb isn’t going to land him in hot water with the FCC, with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski tweeting his blessing from the government agency’s official Twitter account.
David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today's Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston - Julius— The FCC (@FCC) April 20, 2013
Ortiz’s speech comes one day after the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was taken into custody in Watertown, Mass. after a large-scale manhunt. His brother, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout early Friday morning.
The Red Sox went on to defeat Kansas city 4-3 in the game.
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