Pedro Martinez pays emotional tribute to David Ortiz

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

Former slugger David Ortiz arrived in Boston on a Red Sox team plane and was taken to a hospital on Monday, a day after he was shot in the back while at a Dominican Republic nightclub.

"I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly hard time", Tiffany Ortiz's statement said.

Although initial reports suggested that Ortiz was shot during a robbery, police no longer believe that to be the case. Ortiz was sitting at an outdoor table at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo when two men drove up on a motorcycle.

The shooting unfolded Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Police identified the shooter as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25, who witnesses claim climbed off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz from a short distance.

One of Major League Baseball's most revered modern day athletes was rushed to hospital after suffering a gunshot wound in the Dominican Republic on June 9.

"In 2013, when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us", Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday. "Ortiz is now in intensive care, but considered stable".

The latest comes from his wife, Tiffany.

Ortiz has been alert, has spoken to his family and "even flashed that smile", his media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN.

Dr. Abel Gonzalez, who performed the surgery, said part of Ortiz's intestines and liver were removed.

The Red Sox plan to facilitate Ortiz's travel back to Boston.

An air ambulance owned by the team was flying Ortiz to Massachusetts General Hospital hours later.

Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships - including, in 2004, their first title in 86 years of futility.

"There's just one coward out there that just wanted to do that to someone who didn't deserve it". But the gunman has not been arrested, and investigators were trying to establish whether Ortiz was the target.

"Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing", Obama added of the player, who made a rousing speech calling Boston "our f- -king city" after the 2013 terror attack.

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