The Boston Red Sox didn’t earn the result they wanted against the New York Yankees on Monday, but before the series finale, something much, much bigger than baseball took place at Fenway Park.

Shortly before the pregame ceremonies took place, news broke that David Ortiz would throw out the first pitch. It was a surprise, but a welcomed one, as Ortiz had yet to appear publicly since he was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9 of this year.

After the game, Sox star Mookie Betts, who has said numerous times how big of an impact Ortiz had on him, took to Instagram to share a touching tribute to the legendary Red Sox slugger.

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So glad to have you back! Love you big bro❤️

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Awesome.

Just how much of Ortiz we see in the near future is uncertain, but it nevertheless was great having him make an appearance Monday night.

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