David “Big Papi” Ortiz survived being shot in the back in an apparent ambush in the Dominican Republic.
Authorities say the former Red Sox slugger was shot at approximately 8:50 pm on June 9, 2019 in Santo Domingo.
“Doctors say he is out of danger, but he is heavily sedated and will be in intensive care for the next 24 hours,” Ortiz’s media assistant Leo Lopez explained.
The alleged gunman, 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, was beaten by the crowd at the Dial Bar and Lounge before being arrested.
According to ESPN, Ortiz lives “at least part of the year” in the Dominican Republic. Teammates, fans, and even former rivals of Ortiz have shown an outpouring of support for the 10-time MLB All-Star.
“I’m a peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice,” My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon,” Former Red Sox Pitcher Pedro Martinez said on Twitter.
“Anxiously waiting to more news,” Yankees Shortstop Alex Rodriguez tweeted. “In the meantime, only prayers for @davidortiz, Tiffany and their family.”
Ortiz is Dominican American and has been called the most famous person in his native country. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004, 2007, and 2013, and was named World Series MVP in 2013.