Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has always been generous with his time for his many legions of fans. But it's doubtful he ever expected what happened on Thursday during pregame ceremonies with the Kansas City Royals.
Ortiz was apparently holding a fan's baby for a photo op prior to the game. However, the problem was that the national anthem was about to start.
Ortiz not only had to hold his cap to his heart during the national anthem, but the baby as well.
With lefty Bruce Chen on the mound for the Royals, Ortiz was given the night off. It's hard to imagine he envisioned extra duties would be in store for him on this evening.
It could certainly be argued that Ortiz has carried the offense for the Red Sox over the course of the past decade. But this is likely the first time he's carried something more precious than the offense.
He's often seen at various charity events and in local hospitals in the Boston area, giving of his time, money and generosity in helping literally thousands of children in many ways. So it's certainly not a surprise that Ortiz would grant a fan a photo op with a newborn infant.
Folks on Twitter were certainly amused by the event as well.
David Ortiz is eight for his last nine. Now, why wasn't he in the lineup tonight? Dude held a baby during the anthem. Man is blessed!— Brent Allard (@HemlockOwl) August 9, 2013
Unfortunately for Ortiz and the Red Sox, they dropped the game to the Royals, 5-1.
The Red Sox may have been left holding the bag, but Ortiz was left holding a baby.
Too bad the baby wasn't good luck for Ortiz and his teammates.
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