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Patriots' Tedy Bruschi in first-pitch
By Associated Press
Monday, April 11, 2005 - Updated: 05:00 PM EST
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi threw out a ceremonial first pitch
at the Boston Red Sox [stats, schedule]'s home opener on Monday nearly eight weeks after suffering a mild
``I am feeling pretty good,'' he said in a
statement issued by the Red Sox.
He walked with a slight limp from the
left-field wall along with three others who threw out first pitches - former
Boston Celtics great Bill Russell, former Boston Bruins star Bobby Orr and New
England defensive end Richard Seymour. All received a loud ovation as they
walked to the mound.
``I have firsthand knowledge on why the fans
of New England are the best in the world,'' Bruschi said in a statement issued
by the Red Sox. ``It's because of all the support they've given me - all the
letters, all the e-mails and all the flowers that have been sent.
``I want to tell them the most sincere
`thank you' because they've helped me get to where I am today.''
Bruschi, wearing a white Red Sox jersey with
manager Terry Francona's No. 47 on the back, threw his pitch to Francona.
``This is an extreme honor for me because
this is a historic day - the Red Sox championship solidifying the championships
of the Patriots, the Celtics and the Bruins,'' Bruschi said.
Last Friday, Francona was released from
Massachusetts General Hospital where he had been taken for tests to determine
the source of chest tightness. Red Sox team physician Dr. Thomas Gill said the
tightness probably was caused by ``a recent viral illness.''
Bruschi suffered the stroke 10 days after
the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years and three days after
playing in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii for the first time. He's been working out at
Gillette Stadium in Foxboro but there has been no announcement of his prospects
of playing next season or beyond.
Bruschi, 31, left Massachusetts General on
Feb. 18, two days after his wife Heidi, called 911, saying her husband was
experiencing ``blurred vision, numbness on the right side of his body.''
Mrs. B (great to see her boy even if it was on TV!)
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