RETIRED Red Sox star David Ortiz swung by the Galvin Middle School yesterday. Among those he took time to hang with was Samy, the Police Department’s comfort dog. (Courtesy photo)



WAKEFIELD — Red Sox legend David Ortiz stopped by the Galvin Middle School yesterday at the invitation of one of the school’s 8th grade families. He shared some inspirational words with the 8th grade class as it gets ready to move on to the Wakefield Memorial High.

According to Principal Megan Webb, Big Papi talked to students about the importance of perseverance and of never giving up in the face of challenges.

Ortiz talked about his owns experience s part of the Red Sox, specifically the team’s historic 2004 season that ended in the team’s first World Series title in 86 years.

The retired slugger took questions from the assembled audience, sharing fun facts about his life and career.

“Mr. Ortiz was extremely friendly and supportive to all of our students and staff members,” Webb said. “He wished our 8th grade class the best of luck in their high school years and he urged us all to enjoy the beautiful Boston summer.”