Monday, April 22, 2013

FCC: No Fines For Big Papi F-Bomb

Neil Diamond
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will not be penalized by the FCC for dropping the f-bomb on national television Saturday during a pre-game ceremony honoring law enforcement personnel in Boston after the capture of the marathon bombers.

The NYPost reports, David Ortiz was so emotional during his speech on the field at Fenway Park that he cursed in front of the sold-out crowd.

The portly star spoke to the fans before the team’s first game since the area was under siege this week by the two men who set off bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“This is our f---ing city!” Ortiz said as the crowd roared. “Nobody’s gonna dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”

FCC Head Julius Genachoski tweeted on the official FCC Twitter feed:

Members of the Boston police department poured out of the Red Sox dugout to take the field at the start of Saturday’s ceremony before a game against the Royals. The crowd then came together to sing the national anthem. Ortiz, speaking from the heart, put an exclamation point on things.

Giving fans even more reason to cheer, the Red Sox beat the Royals 4-3; Ortiz had two hits and an RBI.

Plus, singer Neil diamond was on-hand to lead the crowd in the singing of the Red Sox anthem "Sweet Caroline."

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Neil Diamond called the switchboard at Fenway Park at about 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.

"Hey, I'm here," he said, according to Red Sox officials. "Can I come?"

Accordinf to, the 72-year-old, who had flown himself to Boston just for Saturday's 1:10 p.m. game against the Royals, surprised the 35,152 in attendance after the top of the eighth inning and sung the song that's made him synonymous with Fenway Park.

"Sweet Caroline" may have never sounded sweeter.

The Sox stormed back in the bottom of the inning to take the eventual 4-3 win.

Since Diamond's 1969 hit began making regular appearances at Fenway Park in 2002, the song has been considered the Red Sox's song. But this week, with the city suffering from the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy and the Red Sox in Cleveland from Tuesday through Thursday, "Sweet Caroline" was anything but Boston's song.

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