No, not the Red Sox Nation, the Bigger One.
BOSTON — David Ortiz, one of the finest sluggers in the long and storied history of the Boston Red Sox, is now an American citizen.
The Dominican-born slugger — affectionately known throughout Major League Baseball as Big Papi — had a big day on Wednesday, sworn in along with 226 other immigrants at the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester, Mass.
Ortiz declined to talk about the moment multiple times when approached by beat writers in the clubhouse before Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles. However, he did say a few words to news reporters outside the Kennedy Library.
“I’m proud to be an American, and it’s great to part of the American family,” said Ortiz, dressed in a dark sport coat and white shirt.
Why did he choose to become an American citizen?
“Well, my whole family, pretty much my kids and everybody, have been born here,” he said. “Like I said, America is a great country. I’m proud to be here, and now proud to be a part of it.”