Members of the visiting Baltimore Orioles and the Red Sox lined up on their respective baselines, and David Ortiz served as catcher when Jim Gallagher, the president of One Fund Boston, which has raised $80 million for the bombing victims and their families, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Ortiz subsequently shared embraces with Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, and former mayor Thomas Menino.
It was Ortiz, at the first game back at Fenway after the city had been locked down during the apprehension of the alleged bombers, who had profanely declared the city's defiance. Mahegan referenced his words Sunday night.
"It was here," Mahegan said, "that we had a great philosopher say 'this is our ... city. No one is going to dictate our freedom.' Well, at least that was part of what he said.
"In the year that has passed, our passion for a town and our compassion for our people have only made us stronger."