KG already settling in, in his new home-town. He threw the first pitch out in the Red Sox game last night. To think, could’ve been the Dodgers game, sigh…
MLB.com: Is Boston big enough for Big Papi and the Big Ticket?
Early returns say yes, this sports-mad town can support a pair of good-natured, charismatic superstars. When David Ortiz and new Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett embraced in front of the Fenway Park mound, years after Ortiz left Garnett in Minnesota and seconds after Garnett delivered the ceremonial first pitch of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles, they wore two of sports’ most megawatt smiles.
No city lights shorted out — at 7 p.m. ET, they weren’t yet on — but the Fenway Park crowd was buzzing when Garnett, wearing a No. 5 Red Sox jersey, loped to the mound, turning and waving to all corners of the stadium. Then Ortiz, crouching behind the plate, caught Garnett’s offering, a low fastball in the dirt. The crowd roared.
Before the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked by reporters if he would be willing to receive the ceremonial first pitch.
“Negative,” Francona said. “There’s going to be some downward plane and I probably can’t get to it.”