BALTIMORE (AP) — David Ortiz received a surprising — and apparently unwanted — gift from the Baltimore Orioles before his final regular season game at Camden Yards.
In a ceremony before the Red Sox faced the Orioles on Thursday night, Ortiz was given the phone box he destroyed inside the visitor’s dugout during a tirade on July 27, 2013.
Wearing a huge grin, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones handed Ortiz the shattered phone box, which was mounted to a wooden case.
The 40-year-old Ortiz will retire after this season. His 30 home runs at Camden Yards are second among visiting players behind Alex Rodriguez (34).
Before giving Ortiz the phone, Baltimore played a montage of his notable home runs against the Yankees — a sight to be enjoyed by fans of the Orioles and the Red Sox.
At the end of the ceremony, the Orioles gave Ortiz an oversized $10,000 check to be used as a donation in his name to the World Pediatric Project, which benefits ill children in Ortiz’s native Dominican Republic.
Ortiz walked off with the check but left the phone. Jones kiddingly gestured to the slugger that he’d forgotten his gift.
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