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Friday, April 26, 2013
Selig: Choice of words 'outstanding'

By Gordon Edes
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Add baseball commissioner Bud Selig to the list of people giving David Ortiz a thumbs-up for his expletive-punctuated message Saturday at Fenway Park.

To cap an emotional pregame ceremony honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Ortiz walked out on the field, grabbed a microphone and announced over the public address system, "This is our f---ing city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong."

His message was greeted by a roar from the crowd and a tweet from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission praising Ortiz for speaking from the heart. Selig was touched by the moment as well.

"It was really emotional for me," Selig said, according to USA Today. "I actually cried through the whole ceremony. I'm not afraid to tell you that. On one hand it was so uplifting, so sad in another way.

"I agree with the FCC. I thought David Ortiz's choice of words was outstanding, given what he was trying to say. I mean that sincerely."

Ortiz threw his head back and laughed when told of Selig's response after Boston's 7-2 win over Houston Thursday night at Fenway Park.

"That's my man," he said. "That's my main man right there. That guy loves me. He's a good dude, man."