With his family by his side, David Ortiz is back home in Boston, Massachusetts where he is recuperating after almost losing his life while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
The legendary Red Sox slugger arrived at the Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday morning after getting shot.
Ortiz, who earned the nicknamed Big Papi, was said to be happy to see his family upon arriving in the United States, according to Dr. Jose Abel Gonzalez.
Gonzalez explained: “When he opened his eyes, the first thing he asked for was to see his family. He finds himself in a good state of mind.”
Sunday night, Ortiz was gunned down by Eddy Feliz Garcia at the Dial Bar and Lounge and survived.
He was rushed to his native Santo Domingo and underwent surgery to remove portions of his intestines and gall bladder.
People beat Garcia who shot Ortiz in the back at the bar before he was eventually taken into custody by Dominican police.
The former baseball star was at the venue with television presenter Jhoel Lopez, who was also shot in the leg.
“They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred. At the moment, everything is confusing. I’m trying to find out where they took my son,” Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, said on ESPN Digital speaking via telephone from the Caribbean island after the shooting.
Several officials have taken to social media to wish Ortiz well. “Our thoughts are with David Ortiz, who is reportedly hospitalized after being shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,” the MLB said in a tweet on Sunday night.
“I’m at 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,” Ortiz’s former Red Sox teammate Pedro Martinez wrote attached with a picture with a photo of the pair sharing a hug.
“Anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for David, Tiffany and their family,” Jennifer Loper’s future husband and former New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez wrote.
Do you think there is more to the shooting, yes or no?