The Boston Red Sox wearing David Ortiz (Gold Crown) t-shirts ahead of his Hall of Fame induction
BOSTON — Red Sox players and coaches wore King David Ortiz t-shirts ahead of their game here at Fenway Park on Saturday.
Ortiz will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The T-shirts show Ortiz wearing a gold crown.
Manager Alex Cora also wore one of the shirts during his pre-match press conference.
Cora does not know who is responsible for making the t-shirts.
“Somebody put it on my chair,” Cora said, laughing and showing the shirt. “Yeah, that guy.”
Several of Ortiz’s former teammates, including Jason Varitek, the Red Sox’s game planning coordinator, will be in Cooperstown for Sunday’s ceremony.
Varitek was hesitant to sit out a three-game series against the Blue Jays this weekend at Fenway Park.
“He fought a bit but I was like, ‘Nah, bro. You gotta go,’ Cora said on Friday. “Obviously he’s the captain. He means a lot to David and the teams on which David played here. Having Jason there, at least on my side, is fine with me. Let Jason go, enjoy it and he can talk about it the next day.
Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, Chairman Sam Kennedy, General Manager of Baseball Chaim Bloom, General Manager Brian O’Halloran, Assistant General Manager Eddie Romero and Assistant General Manager Raquel Ferreira all are expectedaccording to our own Chris Cotillo covering the induction.
Varitek, Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon and Dustin Pedroia are among Ortiz’s former teammates who will be in attendance.
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