David Ortiz hasn’t been seen in public since being shot in the Dominican Republic back in June — until today.

After throwing out the first pitch before Monday’s game at Fenway Park, the Red Sox legend made his first public comments since the shooting occurred, and quickly turned his attention to the Sox.

“I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family,” he said. “They always have been there for me, supporting me. They were aware of what happened to me, and they were the first one there supporting me.”

He also thanked his former teammates and numerous Yankees, who watched his speech from the visitor’s dugout, for the support during the difficult time.

But Ortiz didn’t forget to thank the fans, too.

“I want to thank all of you for all the prayers, all them came home, I really appreciate it,” he said. “Thank you very much.”

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