Newport bombing victim honored at Fenway
Newport's Heather Abbott received an emotional standing ovation from the crowd at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon as she threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox game.
Abbott walked onto the field with the help of crutches but took her right arm off to throw the baseball.
The lower part of Abbott's left lag was amputated after she was seriously wounded in the Boston Marathon bombings. On that day, April 15, she had gone to the Red Sox game with friends before they headed to a bar on Boylston Street, near the marathon finish line.
At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Friday, Abbott joked about practicing for the big honor at Fenway Park because she'd never thrown a pitch.
Abbott was at the ballpark with family and friend's who wore "Heather Strong" t-shirts.
One friend from Newport, Natasha Dickenson, told NBC 10 after the pitch, "It was something she was looking forward to. She was very nervous about it. It was so overwhelming and special for her, her family, her friends. It was just a great way to honor her."
The honor came on the annual "Rhode Island Day" at Fenway Park. It's also the day Abbott is returning home after leaving the hospital.