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Big Papi, Gomes discuss Boston's triumph over tragedy

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BOSTON (WHDH) - After last year's Marathon bombing, two Red Sox players became the "voice" of Boston.
On Friday, they recognized the strength of their city and the real heroes of that day. David Ortiz revealed that his now-famous words did not come easily.

"It wasn't just being nervous. I was scared, you know, because how wonderful this country is, and the security this country gives to every single citizen," he said.

During the months after the attack, the Red Sox rallied around the victims, the survivors,  and this city.

"I think we helped out, but I tell you what, those people who came and threw out the first pitch, and the people out of sight but not out of mind helping those people in rehab, also did their share," said Jonny Gomes.

Ortiz said it was a clear mission, words not necessary in the locker room.

"It wasn't much of a talk, it was more of action. Since that I think everybody tried to do something positive and something positive that brings happiness to the fans," he said.

"When you walked down to the finish line, you recognize that finish line as where the trophy was set, not where the bomb was set," Gomes said.

On Marathon Monday, the Sox will once again take the field, happy to show how "Boston Strong" they are.

"This was a pretty rugged bunch up here. And I'm definitely proud to wear this uniform, a lot more than just the baseball side of it," Gomes said.

Ortiz and Gomes said after Monday's game they will do their best to get to the finish line to try to cheer on runners as they come through.
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