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Oritz, Rivera share unique bond

9/16/2013
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BOSTON -- The phone call was unprompted, but not entirely unexpected, because the relationship David Ortiz has developed with Mariano Rivera is built on honesty, Ortiz has learned. Rivera tells him exactly what he thinks, the way Ortiz's father will, and on July 28, the day after Ortiz wrecked a dugout phone in Baltimore with his bat -- you remember this eruption, don't you? -- Rivera called him.

"Tell me what happened," Rivera said, in the way a father says to a son.