David Ortiz Surprised Aly Raisman with 'Girl Power' Shirt at Red Sox Opener

The former Boston Red Sox first baseman and the gymnast were on hand for home opener at Fenway Park.
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David Ortiz and Aly Raisman were the MCs at the home opener at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, and Big Papi had something special up his sleeve. Or under it. Or whatever.

The former Red Sox designated hitter is certainly no stranger to the park, and nor is Aly Raisman, a Needham, Massachusetts native—she even threw the first pitch at a game in 2016. Since then, Raisman made a courageous and moving statement during the sentencings hearings for Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team physician who sexually abused her, and hundreds of other women and girls. Raisman's words led her to become an example of strength in the face of heinous acts brought to light throughout the #MeToo movement.


So, in a nod to that, Big Papi wanted to show his support for her. And it was pretty great:

After finishing up the pre-game opening ceremonies, Big Papi ripped off his Red Sox jersey to reveal that he was wearing a "Girl Power" shirt underneath the entire time. Here's a close up:

Raisman laughed and showed him some love for his gesture with a hug. And since you can't really see her face in the video, we'll leave you with the full picture (from above) to give you an idea about the magic of the moment:

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