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Orioles present David Ortiz with smashed phone, charitable donation as going-away present

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
The Orioles' gift to David Ortiz? The dugout phone he bashed three years ago at Camden Yards.

As part of their pregame tribute to Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz ahead of his final game at Camden Yards, the Orioles tried to strike a fun tone by evoking their common enemy and making reference to the smashed dugout phone from 2013.

The ceremony, which began with reference to Ortiz’s 55 home runs against the Orioles over his career, featured a video package and gifts, much like many of his others at the league’s other ballparks.

The Orioles, though, centered their video package on something both the large contingent of Red Sox fans and the typical home crowd could support — all the home runs Ortiz hit against the New York Yankees.

Ortiz smiled through that one, but didn’t seem amused with the second video package — a full clip of him smashing a dugout phone following a strikeout on July 27, 2013 at Camden Yards. Ortiz didn’t turn and watch the video, though smiled when Orioles center fielder Adam Jones trotted out of the dugout with the remains of that phone mounted on a plaque and authenticated, to present it to him.

Additionally, emcee Jim Hunter announced a $10,000 donation in the name of Ortiz to the World Pediatric Project, which helps critically ill children in the Dominican Republic.

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