David Ortiz Reportedly Stable, En Route To Boston As Countless Offer Their Support For The Living Legend
A lot has transpired in the last 24 hours in regards to the shooting of Red Sox legend David Ortiz.
For starters, what was being described initially as a shooting to the leg during a robbery has been properly debunked. Ortiz, 43-years-old, was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him at close range on Sunday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The incident according to Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte occurred at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. when the gunman approached from behind and shot him. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.
The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.
“He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”
With Ortiz emerging from surgery the Boston Red Sox sent a plane to the DR to transport Ortiz back to Boston where he will be transferred to Mass General.
The plane took off Monday evening from the DR with the organization offering “all available resources” to their former slugger and inspirational icon.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 10, 2019
“It’s an emotional time,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said. “I love David Ortiz. We all love David Ortiz. Telling my kids last night what had happened was really difficult.”
Players, former Presidents, and many around the country and the world have taken to Twitter to voice their support for Ortiz who has meant the world to not only baseball fans and players but to ordinary citizens in their time of need.
Six years ago, David Ortiz’s spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi. pic.twitter.com/9orpBgnVI5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 10, 2019
“He is The Guy in the Dominican Republic,” said Eddie Romero, Boston’s executive vice president and assistant general manager who helps oversee international scouting. “He’s more famous than any president. When people think of the Dominican Republic they think of David Ortiz. They think of Pedro Martinez.
“That’s coming from somebody who has been exposed to the Dominican over the years. I’ve been awed by the impact that he has just going to a restaurant or any place he is. Everybody loves him. He’s that guy.”
More to come…