Papi interrupts Pedroia's press conference to give him a "gift"

Sam Galanis
Contributing Writer

David Ortiz apparently loves to crash press conferences. He also apparently loves to swear on live television. And on Wednesday, Big Papi struck again, this time during the press conference for Dustin Pedroia and his contract extension.

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As Ben Cherington answered a question about why he doesn’t think Pedroia will struggle in his thirties like other second basemen have, Ortiz sneaked in behind Cherington, Pedroia, and John Farrell to go out to the infield and (literally) steal second base. He then presented it as a symbolic gift to Pedroia, gave him a huge bear hug, called him a bastard, and walked away, in true David Ortiz fashion.

But all joking aside, it was a special moment. Ortiz and Pedroia have been teammates since Pedey’s first full season in 2007 and are part of the small handful of players left from that 2007 World Series team (Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester are the only others). It’s obvious that the two are genuine friends, and it was a great display of what the Red Sox chemistry is all about.

So here’s to many more years with Pedroia, and hopefully a few more with Papi too.

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