Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz sat courtside in an Al Horford jersey during Game 2 of the Celtics’ conference finals matchup against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, and the bond between the two players goes well beyond Boston.
The connection between their families actually started when Horford’s mother, Arelis Reynoso, worked as a sports journalist in the Dominican Republic and began to cover Ortiz and his winter league baseball teams there.
Later, when Reynoso was working in Philadelphia, she covered Ortiz when he played for the Twins and had interleague games against the Phillies.
“I would be at games with Al, and I remember David saying, ‘OK, be a good boy for your mama, OK?’ ” Reynoso said. “He would always have nice words for Al, and they never realized they would both be in Boston playing someday.”
Horford and Ortiz reconnected when Horford’s Atlanta Hawks had a playoff game against the Celtics in 2008, and they have remained in touch since.
“David called me from the game last night and said, ‘I am here with your boy!’ ” Reynoso said. “I saidm ‘I know and I am so happy.’ I’m so proud of both of them, and it means a lot to me when I see their support.”
Reynoso said that many Dominicans were saddened Tuesday when Mariners slugger Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement, but she was hopeful that Horford’s performance with the Celtics combined with the sight of Ortiz there to cheer for him would provide a lift.
“I think everybody today in the DR, they are commenting about how nice it is to see them together,” Reynoso said. “It shows people that we are here, and that we are good people.”
Source: Adam Himmelsbach | Boston Globe