SPRINGFIELD, MA –  It was a night to remember for Springfield Thunderbirds fans on Saturday as former Red Sox slugger “Big Papi” David Ortiz visited Springfield. Ortiz got a key to city of Springfield presented by Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno. 

“Oh, he’s in so much trouble,” Ortiz said with a laugh. “Its an honor to be able to come here and the mayor is so nice. Its something I always appreciate and you never forget about it. Something you carry on for the rest of your life.”


David Ortiz signs a one-day contract with the Thunderbirds. Photo Courtesy: Springfield Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa presented Ortiz with a one-day American Hockey League contract that he signed and even rode an ATV during the first intermission, something the Red Sox legend has but admits he never uses.

Ortiz told a group of reporters his first visit to Springfield was very good. He had been hearing about the atmosphere & town since it was first brought to him about coming here.

“Its a wonderful town and has a lot of good people. Its a town that has a lot of future,” Ortiz said. “This is a great organization and wonderful experience.”

Here are a couple of videos from the night, courtesy the Springfield Thunderbirds:

The Thunderbirds were able to come back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Laval Rocket on Saturday 6-4.

They host the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday.

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