Pedro Martinez pays emotional tribute to David Ortiz

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 12, 2019

Accompanied by the medical team, the father of former Red Sox player David Ortiz, Leo Ortiz, speaks to the press, June 10, 2019, during a press conference at the clinic where David was admitted after being shot in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

He was one of the most productive and popular players in Red Sox history, leading the once struggling franchise to three championships before retiring in 2016 with a career total of 541 home runs-the 17th-most in baseball history.

ESPN reported that Ortiz underwent exploratory surgery after he arrived in Boston last night and is in stable condition.

The first thing Ortiz asked about when he regained consciousness was his family, local doctors said.

Earlier in the day, Ortiz's media assistant updated his condition.

Ortiz was shot at close range in the torso Sunday night by a gunman who approached him from behind at a Santo Domingo bar, authorities said.

The athlete underwent an emergency six-hour surgery just after the shooting, led by Dr. Abel Gonzalez.

The Red Sox held a moment of prayer for Ortiz prior to their home game Monday night against the Texas Rangers. "Ortiz is now in intensive care, but considered stable". "What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly".

"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.

The motorcycle driver has been identified as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, who was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, according to Dominican National Police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte. He was treated at a local hospital before being released into police custody.

"He is resting", the elder Ortiz said. Jhoel Lopez, a television host who was at the club with Ortiz, was also shot. Lopez suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was struck in the leg, apparently by the same bullet that hit Ortiz. Police did not detail the injuries to the third person or make an identification.

Former President Barack Obama, a White Sox fan, tweeted, "Get well soon, Papi", alongside a photo of him getting a personalized Red Sox shirt from the slugger when the team visited the White House in 2014.

"He's a great friend to the city of Boston", Sheila Kieran said.

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