Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz joined the team’s broadcast Friday night and delivered a revelation: he recently had COVID-19.
“Big Papi,” who mashed 541 crowning achievement over a 20-year MLB profession, said on the NESN broadcast throughout the fourth inning of the Red Sox’s video game against the competing New york city Yankees that he was now unfavorable, since Thursday, for COVID-19.
Ortiz said he was asymptomatic, however that his brother was hit hard by the novel coronavirus, losing around 25 pounds while investing about a week in the medical facility.
“This is no joke,” Ortiz, who was using a New England Patriots jersey adorned with No. 34, said. “You don’t recognize how insane this is until it strikes home. And I learned a lot about this COVID-19 thing while I was going through the process. It’s an experience to be truthful with you.”
Ortiz was a central part of 3 World Series teams in his 14 years with the Red Sox, consisting of the “Curse of the Young child”-breaking 2004 team. The group also won the Fall Classic in 2007 and 2013, the latter of which Ortiz was named World Series MVP.
The 10-time All-Star, now 44, retired following the 2016 season. In 2019, he was shot in his native Dominican Republic.