Boston was in mourning following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, but the city turned to sports to help heal.

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, a mainstay in the Boston sports scene since 2003, only added to that notion when he took the microphone before his team’s first home game following the tragedy. His iconic¬†phrase¬†— “This is our (expletive) city” — would go on to fuel the Sox to a World Series victory and help Bostonians reclaim their strength.

Relive the moment in the video above.