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David Ortiz sends message of support to Boston healthcare workers

David Ortiz knows a thing or two about the heart, resolve and toughness of Boston, and the Red Sox legend recently offered up words of encouragement to the city’s overworked and dedicated healthcare workers.

In a video message shared on Twitter Tuesday by Boston mayor Marty Walsh, Big Papi hails the city’s healthcare workers as “heroes” and implores Bostonians to rally behind them amid the overwhelmingly stressful conditions brought forth by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve been talking to Mayor [Marty] Walsh, who basically is telling me that people in Boston are getting close to the plate, and coming clutch, coming through. Clutch, you know? That’s how we do it,” Ortiz said in the video, as transcribed by CBS Boston. “We are the city of champions, Boston. We are the city of champions. We have been down before, and we know how to bounce back up. Because this is our city, and we gotta stay strong so we can go back and do the things that we love doing.

“There’s a lot of people working hard over there — first responders, lot of people working hard to get the city going. People at the hospital handing out food, nurses, doctors. So many different ways people are helping,” Ortiz continued. “Those are heroes.”

Ortiz received critical medical treatment at Boston’s Mass General Hospital last year once he was transported from his native Dominican Republic after being shot last June. After undergoing three additional surgeries, Ortiz was released from Mass General Hospital on July 26.

Big Papi’s message of hope and encouragement to healthcare workers shared by Mayor Walsh follows a previous video from late last month in which he hailed Mass General’s staff over their tireless efforts amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ortiz of course previously served as an inspirational figure in Boston during one of the city’s toughest times. The iconic Red Sox slugger delivered an impassioned speech for the ages on the field at Fenway Park in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.