'Big Papi' David Ortiz, Ex-Boston Red Sox Slugger, Stable After Being Shot in Dominican Republic – Boston Video



Doctors removed David Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday.

Leo López said that the retired athlete’s liver was also damaged and that he was in stable condition in intensive care. He said Ortiz will be flown to Boston once his condition improves.

Ortiz, 43, is one of the most popular figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery.

“He’s a great friend to the city of Boston,” Sheila Kieran said. New England Patriots star Julian Edelman joined the throngs of pro sports figures who took to social media to wish Ortiz well, assuring him on Instagram: “Papi, all of New England has your back.”

Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range, said National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

The gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, and police were waiting for him to undergo treatment for his injuries before questioning him, authorities said. Investigators said they were trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target.

Ortiz’s father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

“He is resting,” the elder Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Red Sox said in a statement that Ortiz was wounded in the “lower back/abdominal region” and that the team offered his family “all available resources to aid in his recovery.”

Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Police believe López was wounded by the same bullet, Bautista said.

López was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.

Police did not identify the third person or detail that person’s injuries.

The bar is on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and expensive bars that Ortiz is known to frequent.

Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.

The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

Ortiz galvanized the city after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: “This is our (expletive) city!”

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery.

“He’s a great friend to the city of Boston,” Sheila Kieran said. New England Patriots star Julian Edelman joined the throngs of pro sports figures who took to social media to wish Ortiz well, assuring him on Instagram: “Papi, all of New England has your back.”

Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range, said National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

The gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, and police were waiting for him to undergo treatment for his injuries before questioning him, authorities said. Investigators said they were trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target.

Ortiz’s father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

“He is resting,” the elder Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

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  1. Once you leave the hood don't go back to the hood. There is a crab mentality that some people have and others are jealous. Once gone, stay gone.

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  2. The Dominican Republic seems like a dangerous place

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  3. Damn! The Dominican Republic sounds like a real shithole country. Am I allowed to say that? Am I gonna get banned from YouTube for hate speech or white supremacy or whatever now?

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  4. Big Papi. Come back to our beantown!! Mass General hospital and ur fans are waiting for u!!💞. Get well soon💜

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  5. Shouldn’t have stepped on that guys shoes

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  6. So apparently strict gun laws don’t work? Oh no kidding that’s because criminals don’t follow laws! Stupid liberals!

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  7. So five Americans have been killed and one famous baseball player has been shot this is a warning to all Americans not to go to the Dominican Republic and the FBI should have a warning to all Americans about this they must be another country that hates Americans just like Mexico

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  8. Wow they hunting everybody that goes there yikes smh… Praying for a speedy recovery 🙏🙏

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  9. Three tourists dying at the same resort, Ortiz getting shot. I don't think I'll by planning a vacation in the DR anytime soon.

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  10. At least the entire crowd in the pub beat the gunman half to death.

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  11. Diehard Yankees fan here, but prayers up to Big Papi. Americans are dying in the country at an alarming rate. Many baseball players have died in traffic accidents, at least five Americans have died in the past couple of months under questionable circumstances. A couple supposedly on their way to the airport to fly back to the states allegedly drove off the road and their bodies were found a week later in extremely deep water. That island is dangerous!!

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  12. It was two guys, not one. When one of them shot Ortiz, the bullet passed through Ortiz and hit the other guy. Some people are saying it was a hit job. I think if someone wants you dead, Ortiz would have been shot in the head.

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  13. talking trash in the real world is different ,bigg poopy

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  14. They call me Big Papi Butt. Don't shoot up the place there's some ladies here tonight who should be having my BABY-Baby.

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  15. David Ortiz was dating model Yeribell (she has a youtube channel) She also had a guy on the side and the sideman got jealous and hired a hitman to scare David. So then Yeribell the model shows up at the hospital and starts a brawl with another mistress who was there to see David.

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  16. Maybe LBJ should have let the DR stay Communist. Excluding Venezuela, MOST countries that were/are have NO problem with street crime!

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  17. DR is totally safe. It's just ugly Americans acting like big shots getting whacked. Don't ever forget how hated Americans are all over the world.

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  18. The Dominican Republic go figure

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  19. Haha one minute he was loud laughing and swearing with his buddies next minute ortiz was on the floor begging for his life… "I'm a good person pls don't let me die dont let me die"😂😂😂😂

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  20. Big Papi was hitting his balls into the wrong woman's infield, latest news it was an attempted hit by a drug lord because Big Papi was having an affair with his woman.

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