Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz stunned a group of military members while giving them a surprise tour of Fenway park recently.
The two veterans and active servicewoman were taking a tour of the iconic ballpark when Ortiz decided to suddenly show up and make it even more special.
"You guys are defenders," Ortiz told the group. "You guys are the reason why we are who we are."
The designated hitter then presented the group with tickets to game one of the World Series. During the seventh inning stretch, Army veterans Doug Whalen, Tom Pittman and active duty member Molly Alesch will stand in front of 35,000 attendees and be honored for their service.
"I still kind of can't believe it's happening," Alesch said, reacting in a YouTube video posted online Tuesday.
[sharequote align="center"]"It kind of shocked me. I didn't expect it."[/sharequote]
"It kind of shocked me," Whalen echoed. "I didn't expect it."
Oritz explained in the video that he is thankful for the service of the military.
"Whenever I see my kids and family running around the backyard, that's because of them," he said. "And we all should appreciate that."
The tickets were made possible through a partnership between the Bank of America, the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Home Base Program.
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