SANTO DOMINGO – David Ortiz, a three-time World Series champion during his career with the Boston Red Sox, was shot during an apparent assassination attempt at an outdoor club in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports Sunday night. Initial reports indicated the shooting occurred in a robbery gone wrong but later club security footage surfaced of the brazen attempted murder as an assailant was seen shooting Ortiz from behind.
Ortiz’s father, Enrique (Leo) Ortiz, told ESPN’s Enrique Rojas 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.”
According to CDN 37, a news station in the Dominican Republic, an arrest was made of at least one suspect in the shooting and that Ortiz was taken to a local medical facility in nearby Santo Domingo, where the 43-year-old former slugger was born.
Red Sox spokesperson Kevin Gregg issued a statement that read in part:
“Late last night, we were made aware of an incident involving David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. David’s family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region. David is being treated at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo where he is recovering after surgery.
“We have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts.”
Reports from the Dominican criss-crossed social media with little regard for Ortiz’ privacy. Those reports indicated he was brought to surgery and he had stabilized under medical care.
Ortiz ended his 20-year big league career in 2016, when he earned the last of his 10 All-Star appearances. The former designated hitter and first baseman won seven Silver Slugger awards in his career, and he hit 541 home runs with 1,768 RBIs in 2,408 games in the majors. He ranks 17th in major league history ion career home runs.
Ortiz began his major league career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career blossomed after he joined the Red Sox. His postseason heroics helped Boston capture its first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, when he was the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series as the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 series deficit to the New York Yankees in seven games.
He also helped the Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013, capturing World Series MVP honors in the latter season.
–Field Level Media