Former Boston Red Sox and MLB All-Star David Ortiz was attacked in the Dominican Republic on Sunday evening.
The All-Star was hot during an attempted robbery at Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo as reported by several sources. Ortiz retired at the end of the 2016 season, and he was admitted to hospital. According to Dominican Republic-based news outlet CDN 37, there’s one suspect in custody.
Ortiz’s father, Enrique (Leo) Ortiz, talked to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, and confirmed that his son was shot.
“They called me 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 where he was transferred exactly,” Leo Ortiz told ESPN. “At the moment, everything is confusing. I am trying to find out where they took my son.”
Ortiz was successful in 20 MLB seasons. He started off his career with he Minnesota Twins in 1997.
He wrote a post on The Players Tribune to express his gratitude after the 2016 playiffs.
“The cameras showed Anthony Rizzo in the dugout early in the game, and he’s hugging David Ross and saying, basically, “Bro, my emotions are crazy right now. We’re here. Can you believe this?” Ortiz wrote. “It’s Game 7. Holy s—t.
“I got goose bumps. I was so nervous for them, and so excited, it was crazy. I’ve never been that nervous even when I was actually playing in a game. You see these two guys in the biggest game of their lives, and they really care about each other. That’s what baseball is all about.
“Listen, you only know the nickname “Big Papi” right now because Pedro Martinez cared about me. If he didn’t care about me as a human being, maybe I never get a chance. Maybe I don’t play 20 years. Maybe you don’t know who I am.
“But he cared about me, and the story ends this way. That’s my brother. Boston, thank you. When I came to this city, I didn’t know if I had a future. Now I have a home. Thank you for making me one of your own. I’d give you all a big f*****g hug if I could.”